This halberd dates to the period of full armor before the decline in response to the more widespread and effective use of firearms. It was used in battle and in trained hands, could allow a foot soldier to pull down and defeat an armored, mounted adversary. As well, the axe blade was capable of seriously damaging, if not penetrating lighter armor protecting the extreneties and the heavy fore spike was able to penetrate between armor plates and inflict serious or fatal wounds. The development of the halberd is generally attributed to the Swiss who used it with great effect in a number of battles. Its popularity spread north to Germany and east to Austria where it was produced with stylistic variation without changing its fundamantal form length overall: 109 3/4"