This example is distinguished by its condition which includes all of the original cloth covering to the wood haft and much original silver koftgari decoration to the head, grip and side strap. The iron side strap, secured with five domed rivets is to prevent cutting of the haft by a sword or axe blow. The sleeve below the head is struck with a makers mark. This is a horsemans weapon designed to inflict maximum damage on an opponent protected with mail and plate armor. Its length optimizes the balance of reach and inertia with agility of handling. Polish cavalry, under King John Sobieski, distinguished themselves at the battle of Vienna in 1683 with the complete rout and decimation of the Turks. This weapon dates from that period and may have served in that action. Overall length: 26 3/4".