American-made Sergeant's Halberd, c. mid to late 18th century, hand-wrought head with punched holes and heart-shaped piercings, haft is an old replacement, head lg. 16 1/4, overall lg. 80 1/4 in.
Provenance: The Phillips Family; Rodney Hilton Brown Collection; The War Museum.
Note: This was acquired directly from a descendant of the Phillips family, from Staten Island, New York, who owned it since the mid-18th century. Similar, if not identical, specimens are shown on the front cover and Plate numbers 31, 33B and 35B in AMERICAN POLEARMS (1967) by Rodney Hilton Brown, and Plate 25 PA in SWORDS & BLADES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1973) by George Neumann. Similar examples are found in the Valley Forge Museum, the Fort Ticonderoga Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Head has some light pits and the attachment straps broke at some point and it was re-attached to another haft. The repair looks to have been done a long time ago.
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