Antique 18th C Polish Saxon Swiss Guards Sword of Augustus II King Of Poland
A superb quality Antique 18th Century Polish War Hammer Obuszek Czekan of haracteristic form, with very well hand forged, steel head inlaid with brass and copper
DETAILS: Both sides of the ax's steel blade are clad with brass panels hammered together with steel core of the axe and secured to both sides of the blade by 3 brass pins, leaving the cutting -edge of the steel blade uncovered. The top edge of the steel axe blade is notched in with rectangular grooves and inlaid with hammered in, small copper and brass plaques and additionally overlapped with rectangular copper band, over the steel chevron near the central block of the head. One of the brass panels is finely engraved with elaborate monograms. The protruding staged rear hammer of square section is also inlaid with copper, ensuite to the axe blade and surmounted by domed copper finial.
Mounted on its original rounded tapering hard wood shaft fitted with a tubular brass collar and fastened on each side by two copper pins. the base affix with sturdy spear point shape ferrule heel riveted to the haft by iron pin
The walking cane, Obuszek, was very popular among Polish nobles during the 17th and 18th century and was used not only used as a walking stick, but also as a deadly weapon often used in brawls. Therefore, it was forbidden to carry it in local councils, and also in the churches. In old Poland wearing an obuszek was so widespread that it even had a rhymed saying: Bez karabeli ani z pościeli, bez obuszka ani od łóżka.
Overall length; 90 cm (35.43 inches)
Overall length of the head; 10.5 cm (4.13 inches)
CONDITION: In good condition considering its age, showing the age and usage, one of the brass inlaid on the top edge of the steel axe blade is missing nick on the steel cutting edge of the axe.