Wallace Collection A975 warhammer

A sturdy and efficient version of the Wallace Collection's A975 warhammer. French, circa 1450. The Wallace says: "This type of hammer (martel-de-fer) is the precursor of the bec-de-faucon, or Rabenschnabel. Designed to defeat plate armour, one is shown in the hands of a horseman in Uccello's picture of The Battle of San Romano in the National Gallery. An early instance is on a late 13th-century effigy in Malvern Abbey church."

(this is the original. the head may initially have been mounted on a longer staff as a two-handed weapon.)

length: 27 1/4"
head: 6 5/8"
top spike: 3 3/4"
hammer: 2 1/8" x 2" x 1 1/2"
beak: 3"
pommel and buttspike: 2"
wood length: 19 1/2"
shaft: 1 1/4" x 1" rectangu/octonal
weight: 3 lb 1.0 oz