This Gothic War hammer came from the same New York Collection as our Italian war hammer, originally from the Severance Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art. It is made for foot combat with an armored opponent and capable of breaching the plate armor of the period. Plate armor was fully developed at the time but its use was largely restricted to knights and other nobles. Accordingly, this may be considered a knightly weapon. Its heavy four prong hammer face is balanced by a thick curved diamond section back spike. The fore spike serves a forward thrust and the side lugs provide a measure of protection form a counter blow or sword cut. The grip is protected by a circular disk guard. Comparable examples include Boccia #97 identified as Bologna, (Northern Italy) C.1430. The vast majority of information on these is from paintings and tapestries as surviving examples are exceedingly rare. Possibly the only example in private hands.