18th-19th century. This is an example of the glaive in its final form. Glaives were carried by the body guards of nobles, and important clergy serving both as signs of importance and defensive weapons in a treachery infused culture. Its 83 3/4" length is optimal for use indoors as well as out. With back fluke and cleaver form blade, it can deliver lethal thrusting and slashing blows. The stout pole can effectively control. This example has a smudge of white paint on the tip which generally means that it was displayed on the wall of a palace or manor house while the ceiling was being painted. Sales of the contents of some of England’s great houses in the 19th and 20th centuries contained polearms marked in that way.