Second half of the 16th century. Iron head. The axe blade pierced with a heart flanked by “commas”, each end with a triple scallop projection. Angled back fluke with forward hook in the Swiss taste. Long diamond section spike projecting from a banded sphere. Cheek straps to all four sides, secured with a ring. The right side of the head with two maker’s marks. Original wood haft with beaded corners. 105” total length. Switzerland was plagued by international war stemming from the Reformation. Cities as close as Zurich and Lucerne were Protestant and Catholic respectively. Swiss mercenaries fought for virtually every faction in the Thirty Years’ War and Swiss halberdiers were considered the finest and eagerly sought. Price includes shipping to the contiguous 48 states. Others please inquire for a quote.