Rare Antique 16th Century Hungarian Or Polish Mace Buzdygan Buzogányok

Rare Antique 16th Century Hungarian Or Polish Mace Buzdygan Buzogányok

SKU: E900

Rare antique second half of the 16th century Central European, Hungarian or Polish combat Mace Buzdygan, Buzogányok.

DETAILS: A large hand-forged iron head of bulbous form formed of nine widening flanges, each individually slid into the central core tube of octagonal section and copper-soldered, fitted on the top with a rounded finial. With an integral tapered tube-shaped hand forged, iron socket with copper soldered seam, fitted with turned wood tubular haft incised with groove for suspension rope.

The exceptionally large and heavy weapon used as insignia signifying a high commander possibly in the rank of Hetman.


1.A similar mace from The Armouries of the Tower of London is published in the book” Armouries of the Tower of London by Charles J. Ffoulkes Volume II. Page.225.(please see the last picture in the listing)

2.A similar Mace from The Hungarian National Museum is published in the book” Maces, War-Hammers and Topors from Hungarian Collections” by Tibor S. Kovacs. Page.6

2. A similar mace from the collection of the Museum of the Polish Army (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego) in Warsaw dated by museum curators to the second half of the 16th century is published in the book “Bulawy i buzdygany w Polsce od XVI do XVIII wieku" by Jacek Gutowski. Page 85. Figure 25

3. A similar maces are published in the book "Украина- козацька держава" by Володимир Недяк. (Ukrainian Cossack state by Volodymyr Nedyak) Pages: 217 and 544

4.With a similar mace is depicted on a 16th-century woodblock portrait, Nikola IV Zrinski or Miklós IV Zrínyi known as Nikola Šubić Zrinski (1507- 1566) Croatian -Hungarian general and Hungarian governor (Ban) of Croatia.

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


Overall length: 55.5 cm (21.85 inches)
Width of the head at the widest point:11.5 cm (4.53 inches)
Height of the head including finial: 11 cm (4.33 inches)

WEIGHT: 1.92 kg (4.23 lb.)

CONDITION: showing age and usage, slightly pitted, flanges with some deposit of copper used to solder individual parts of the mace one flange with combat impact crack near the central tube). The previous owner had professionally cleaned by hand the metal part from rust and removed old paint from the handle, which someone once painted and then varnished.

Please see the pictures in the listing since they are part of the description of the object's condition.

PROVENANCE: This mace comes together with other antique Polish arms and armor from an old Canadian collection of Polish antiques and art, including antique Polish arms and armor.

We had attached to the listing a picture of the mace in this collection, which we had taken at the time of purchasing this collection, showing this mace together with other maces: the second mace from the left.

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