Gorgeous, rare, Georgian antique Scottish Halberd with flat cut garnets, turquoise and a pearl. The Scottish Halberd is a distinctive battle axe or pole arm developed in the late 16th century. Eventually it came to be associated with ceremonial use by Scottish nobility. It consists of an axe blade topped wit a spike mounted on a long shaft. It became a symbol of authority and military duty and signifies devotion and honor.
This Georgian piece certainly projects these sentiments. It is large, jewelled and striking. Such an unusual, large, show-stopping piece! It is all original. The garnets are dark and have a pinkish hue to them. The turquoise are smooth and round or oval shaped. There is one fabulous, smooth white pearl in the center. It has a small dot of black showing through. This does not detract at all and is a testament to its great age. The stones are in smooth settings. The back of the piece is just as beautiful as the front. The silver is deeply etched into a fine design of swirls and leaves. Altogether, a fabulous find. The bale is mounted on a loop that swivels. This piece is not marked, but tests for sterling. The stones and pearls have also been tested. There are traces of white and black enamelling on the front. EXCELLENT CONDITION except for the missing enamel. This does not detract at all. The piece looks like gold and this could be from age related patina. 3-1/2" up and down x 1-1/4" wide.