MEDIEVAL AXE-HEAD WITH MAKER'S MARK
Measurements: 17 cm - length
Description: A superb medieval iron axe-head, probably of German origin, with a D-shaped shaft-hole widening to a broad beveled edge with a ‘bearded’ profile and a flattened back. The axe bears a clearly visible maker’s mark: an eight-pointed star within a circle. The axe is pierced with a trefoil, which was common for axes of this period. A variety of marks and decorative stamps on the surface were also frequent on axes of this period. The so-called ‘bearded’ axes were used as a weapon and a grappling tool alike, they were used for woodworking too. Bearded axes are most commonly associated with Viking Age Scandinavians. For Vikings they were particularly useful for hooking the enemy weapon or shield.
Reference: Christie’s sale 2857, lot 344.
Provenance: Private Austrian collection.
Period: 15th – 16th century
Condition: Very fine, small chips on the blade.