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    German or Swiss Morgenstern (Morningstar), 17th/18th C

    German or Swiss Morgenstern (Morningstar), 17th/18th C

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    The morgenstern (literally “Morning Star”) is the iconic peasant weapon used by German-
    speaking peasants of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland from the Middle Ages until the
    19th C Napoleonic era. Easily made at a time when peasant militias were called up in times
    of conflict, these featured a hand-hewn wood shaft with integral head about 2"-3" in
    diameter, fashioned down to a more manageable 1"-1 ½" diameter for the handle. The
    head is studded with numerous iron spikes around its circumference ranging from 1"-1 ½"
    in length; the end with stabilizing iron ferrule and a long thrusting spike. It was a fearsome
    looking weapon easily wielded with minimal training. This example a bit shorter than
    usually encountered, with 2 1/4" diameter head studded with 24 hand-forged square-
    section spikes (3 missing) ranging in length from 1"-1/4" in length. The end with iron ferrule
    and 11" faceted thrusting spike. The integral handle is hewn down to 1 ½" diameter.
    Overall length 50 3/4" (129 cm). Shows great age with rust patination to iron parts and
    worming and splits to the wood shaft; one very long and deep split on the head but secured
    by the end ferrule.

    Code
    PM1773
    Period
    17th Century, 18th Century
    Nationality
    German

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