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halbert



Also known as a hallard, a weapon which consisted of a strong wooden shaft about 6 feet long, surmounted by an instrument resembling an axe, balanced on the opposite side by a hook or pick, whilst the shaft was continued in a sharp pike-head. The halbert was much used in Germany, Switzerland, and France. In England it was a common arm from the reign of Henry VII to that of George III. A variety of the same weapon may be recognized as the Scottish Lochaber Axe.