Art/ Collection/ Art Object


ca. 1550
Steel, brass, wood (cherry)
L. 8 ft. 8 1/4 in. (264.8 cm); L. of head 33 1/4 in. (84.5 cm); W. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm); Wt. 6 lbs. 6 oz. (2890 g)
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Meyrick, Samuel R., and Joseph Skelton. Engraved Illustrations of Antient Arms and Armour, from the Collection of Llewelyn Goodrich Court, Herefordshire. Vol. 2. London: J. Skelton, 1830. ill., fig. 9, pl. XC (drawing of our halberd).

Victoria and Albert Museum and J. R. Planché. Catalogue of the Armour and Miscellaneous Objects of Art Known As the Meyrick Collection, Lent by Colonel Meyrick of Goodrich Court, Herefordshire and Exhibited at the South Kensington Museum. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1869. p.21, no. 289 (our piece, exhibited at the South Kensington Museum).

Boccia, Lionello G., and Eduardo T. Coelho. Armi Bianche Italiane. Milan: Bramante Editrice, 1975. nos. 478-480 (similar halberds attributed to the Veneto and dated circa 1590-1600).

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