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17th C. Polish Czekan or Obuch War Hammer. Battle of Vienna Period

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A rare example of an early Polish war hammer called a czekan or obuch. The word itself "czekan" is originally Turkish but was known in the Polish language as early as 1621 likely through interaction with Ottoman Hungary, and is found mentioned in word, which found its way into Polish probably via Hungarian is already mentioned in Gregorz Knapski’s Thesaurus Polono-Latino-Graecus, first published in 1621 i

Its metal part consists of a hammer-head (usually with a square face) on one side and an axe with a short, slightly curved blade on the other. An obuch also has a square shaped cross section hammer but with a down curved spike that curves up at the end. This example seems to displays elements of both but is of classic form and early origin.

This example of iron and with a square formed hammerhead with the spike curved downward is constructed of iron.  There are also visible the indications of the original copper brazing used to combine the seam of the iron sleeve.

The hammerhead 5" in length and overall length with the pole is 22".

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