Late 16th century. 21 1/4" length. This horsemans hammer is designed to breach the armor of a mounted adversary. The hammer head and back spike opposite are capable of deforming and in the case of lighter armor as for the extremities, penetrating, to provide an opening for a disabling blow. The right side mounts a belt hook allowing the rider to choose a sword or hammer, depending on his assessment of the task at hand. Well preserved throughout, this example likely was stored in a castle arsenal until the mid 1900s.