Antique 17th century Polish-Hungarian Battle Axe Czekan Obuszek

Antique 17th century Polish-Hungarian Battle Axe Czekan Obuszek

SKU: E862
Antique 17th century Polish-Hungarian horseman’s battle axe, head (Czekan), with a 19th century haft.
Very well hand-forged, robust, steelhead with a downturned blade and a protruding rear-hammer with an octagonal face.
Wooden haft covered in green velvet and fitted with a long copper collar incised on one side with an intricate design incorporating two stylized bird heads, a floral pattern, and an elaborate isosceles cross on the other side. Mounted on the bottom is a copper cap with an iron knob at the base. Edges fitted with narrow copper straps slotted under the copper mountings and fastened by iron nails.

During the 18th and 19th century many Hungarian and Polish war hammers (Nadziak) and war axes (Czekan) heads were mounted on a longer pole and used by nobles as a walking cane, (Obuszek), and were used not only used as a walking stick but also as a deadly weapon often in brawls.

CONDITION: Showing age and usage, steelhead slightly pitted, velvet slightly worn.

Overall length: 94 cm (37.01 inches)
Overall length of the iron head: 13.5 cm (5.31inches)
Length of the cutting-edge: 6 cm (2.36 inches)

We have acquired this axe as well as other Polish and Eastern European antiques, including arms and armor from an old, important Canadian collection of Eastern Europe antiques.

To see the other objects from this collection, please view our catalog.