90 1/4” total length. Iron head with small crescent axe blade, and curved back fluke , flanking a strong medially ridged spear point. Short integral cheek straps. Original wood haft, octagonal section, with rich age patina, each facet showing faint marks from pit saw surfacing. That is of historical significance as it verifies the age by process and requires a fixture to hold for the diagonal facing. The configuration is common but virtually always, accomplished by hand planing. The saw finish, so skillfully done as to be nearly imperceptible, is know to be used in this example and a companion in our collection only. Probably produced in haste to meet the needs of the War of Spanish Succession, which devastated Europe for 13 years, but still upholding the standards for quality which governed the trades.
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