Lot 3658

A Venetian etched parade pole axe, circa 1500-10

Antique Arms and Armour from all over the world | A80aw | Live auction | 590 Lots

Hammer price € 50,000

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Description

The long spike of diamond section with a baluster-shaped, chiselled base. The head with several grooves and a semi-circular cutting edge. Cartouches depicting the lion of St. Mark etched onto both sides. Angular socket with chiselled décor, the broad hammer head with diamonds set into the striking surface, the sides with finely etched scenes of Tritons battling with sea monsters. Two sturdy side straps with a ridged reinforcement ring. Original, octagonal hardwood haft lavishly set with decorative brass studs. A red velvet collar at the upper edge, with opulent woollen tassels. The end of the haft with the original iron shoe. Length 209 cm.
Refer to Boccia, Lionell, "Armi Bianche Italiane", no. 268 for a similar specimen. Another axe from this group can be found in the Wallace Collection in London (A 927).

Condition: II +

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Our live auction "Antique Arms and Armour from all over the world" includes 590 lots. The auction starts on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 10:00 am (lot no. 3251 - 3840). The pre-sale viewing will take place from Wednesday, 6.11. until Sunday, 10.11., and on Sunday, 17.11.2019 from 2 to 6 pm (CET).