BILL HOOK / HALBERD/NEWCASTLE BILL
A little piece, or who knows, maybe a big piece, of history. This bill-hook or halberd is what is commonly described as the Newcastle type.
The 36cm broad double hooked steel blade stamped W.H., the tang inserted into the ebonised wood haft, 165cm long overall .
"The bill is similar in size, function and appearance to the halberd, and might be said to represent convergent evolution to fill a common niche: a pole-arm with a point to thrust with, a hook to drag with, and a spike/axe to cut with. The bill should not be conflated with a war-scythe, another pole-arm adapted from an agricultural implement, the scythe."
Collection only. Will pack if buyer wishes to arrange courier service.