Rare Antique 16th - 17th Century Polish - Hungarian Czekan Battle Axe

Rare Antique 16th - 17th Century Polish - Hungarian Czekan Battle Axe

SKU: E796

A very rare antique, late 16th - early 17th century, Polish - Hungarian battle axe, Czekan, with a very good quality sturdy hand forged steel head of elegant form, with a down-turned shaped blade and a protruding rear-hammer with square face incised all-over with elaborate design, mounted on the wooden haft. This type of axe was carried by the Polish cavalry and the officers of the Polish infantry, Piechota Wybraniecka, in the end of the 16th and early 17th century.

CONDITION: In good condition considering its age, showing age and usage, the steel head pitted, the wooden haft is old, but appears not to be from the 16th century; but it was most likely later replaced, as it was common in this type of weapon.

MEASUREMENTS
Overall length: 68 cm (26.77 inches)
Overall length of the iron head: 16 cm (6.3 inches)

REFERENCES:

A Czekan axe with a very similar head has a Polish soldier painted on so called "tablica Gołuchowska", painted circa 1620 A.D. (Gołuchowska Board from Gołuchów castle Depicting the Polish nobility in costumes and with arms from that period)

Please see the pictures attached to the listing.

Also, two Czekans, with similar in form heads, one from Dresden Historisches Museum, and the second from Waffen-sammlung Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, are published in the Régi Magyar Fegyverek by Dr. Kalmár János, page 30 figure b and c.

Please see the pictures attached to the listing.


The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references, together with a certificate of authenticity.

For similar Polish Hungarian and Turkish axes in Museums please see the pictures attached to the listing.

    $1,600.00Price

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