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The bill halberd is a descendant of the bill hook, a farm tool often used as a weapon by peasants in defense of their homes or in rebellions.

The bill halberd is a descendant of the bill hook, a farm tool often used as a weapon by peasants in defense of their homes or in rebellions.
It was modified by soldiers as a weapon and became a mainstay for European armies throughout the 16th and 17th centuries.
In the new lands of the Americas, it was carried by the conquistadors, and the colonial militias in New England and Virginia. When Henry Morgan's buccaneers and pirates raided Portobello and Panama in the 1660's and 70's, both his privateers and the Spanish defenders made use of pikes and halberds.
Here is an example of a bill halberd of that era. It has a forged iron or steel head with an armor piercing spike point and a hooked bill and blade. The hook could pull a rider off his mount or relieve an opponent of his head. It could also cut ships rigging. During the English Civil War of the 1640s, whole battalions of men fought with these weapons.
The beginning of the age of massed firepower made the halberd obsolete as a weapon.This example is 102" (260cm) tall. it has reinforcing langets on two sides of the shaft. The shaft appears to be of the period. The iron is in excellent condition with no rust or pitting. Feel free to call with questions.

 
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