Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Large Bronze Polearm Glaive

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Antique, Chinese, Qing dynasty period (1644 -1912) large bronze processional elaborate polearm with a glaive head made of several separate bronze elements joined together.
A large, handmade, central undulating blade chiseled with a floral design is inserted and secured with solder in an elaborate socket.
The socket comprises two elements: a turned-on lathe baluster shape socket and the cast and hand-chiseled finial in the shape of a horned Qiulong dragon, connected together and secured with solder.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length: 69.5 cm. (27.36 inches)
CONDITION: In good condition considering its age to be over 100 years, showing its age and usage.
WEIGHT: 1.680 kg (3.7 Pounds)

During the Qing dynasty, people who held a high office were often accompanied by an entourage, carrying a diversity of traditional Chinese arms as emblems of their rank and power. It is a tradition that goes back a long time, and originally these men were probably actual guards.
When firearms had taken a more prominent role in warfare in the late Qing dynasty, these arms were often purely ceremonial pieces. They could be made of painted wood, pewter, brass, or bronze.

Item Details

Reference #:
ES1109
Quantity
1
Category
Militaria & Weapons
SubCategory
Armor
Department
Antiques (approx100yrs)
Year
Qing Dynasty
Dimensions
(Width x Height X Depth)
x x
Weight
Unknown
Condition
good
Material