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art-of-swords:

Italian Bill

  • Dated: 16th Century
  • Provenance: Bologna
  • Measurements: height 236 cm

The polearm has an iron head with long, straight cusp of square section and a double-edged hook. At the back it features a large tooth with pointed wings, while at the base there are two triangular spikes, and an octagonal socket, with two counter-curved bars. The straps come with iron nails, both faces decorated with a simple, rectangular engraving; at the front there’s a scorpion-shaped mark enclosing the letter “B”.

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