Antique late 16th - 17th Polish - Hungarian Huge War Hammer Nadziak
A very Rare Authentic Antique late 16th century early 17th Polish - Hungarian massive, war hammer Nadziak, comprising a hand forged and hand finished large steel head with shaped langets, and the down-curved beak-shaped fluke of octagonal section, and an octagonal hammer on stepped stem. Mounted on its original rounded wooden haft inset at the top with reinforcing plaques and fitted with a long convex iron straps slotted under the head and fastened by iron nails.
Overall length: 86.2 cm (33.94 inches)
Overall length of the steel head: 22.7 cm (8.94 inches)
CONDITION: Showing age and usage with a dark patina, the iron head and the mounting corroded, the face of the hammer is chipped on the edges.
A very similar war hammer has a Polish nobleman carved on the Bas-relief from the church in Tarłów, Poland, c. 1640 (Polish Nobleman Conversation with death).
Please see the pictures attached to the listing.
War hammers, with similar in form heads, are published in the following references:
1.An almost identical War Hammer from the collection of The Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria (Povijesni muzej Istre) in Croatia, is published in the book Mačevi, bodeži i oružja na motki: u Istri, Primorju i Dalmaciji od IX. do kraja XVIII. stoljeća. [Mario Kovač; Povijesni muzej Istre (Pula, Croatia)]. Page 92, No.122. Please see the pictures attached to the listing.
2. Leksykon broni bialej i miotajacej by Kwasniewicz Wlodzimierz, color plate.
3. Kolekcja Heleny i Tadeusza Kwiatkowskich w Stanach Zjednoczonych by Wilewska Renata, page 161, No. 18
4. Régi magyar fegyverek by Dr. Kalmar Janos, page 36, Fig. 71.
5.Throne of Relics” in Honour of “His Royal Highness the Invincible Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland” on the Three Hundredth Anniversary of His Death 1696-1996. Wilanow Palace Museum Warsaw 1996, page 226, No. 69, Description: Nadziak Husarski Polska XVII w.
6. Zbiory zamku królewskiego na Wawelu by Jerzy Szablewski, No. 216
Similar War Hammers were excavated on the Beresteczko battlefield where the great battle took place between the Ukrainian Cossack, led by Bohdan Khmelnytsky, aided by Crimean Tatars and Polish army under the command of King John II Casimir Vasa.
The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references, together with a certificate of authenticity.
The market is flooded by reproductions of Polish and Hungarian 17th-18th century weapons including war hammers made by artisans, particularly those in Poland and neighboring Eastern Europe countries and in North America. These reproductions of historical Polish arms and armour are based off authentic objects, some of them are very well made and professionally aged to look as authentic 16th - 18th century objects. However, these reproductions do not have any historical or investment value.
We were fortunate to acquire this War Hammer together with other Polish antiques including antique Polish and Eastern European arms and armour from an old Canadian collection formed prior to the time when this criminal procedure started.
This is an example of a rare authentic antique late 16th - early 17th century Polish War Hammer and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.