Material and Medium: Steel
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1921.68
This is a battle-axe made in India, of unknown date.
The axe is made of steel. It has a plain handle with one ring and a boss at the bottom. It is decorated at these points with gilt leaf. Gilt means the surface has been covered with a thin layer of gold. The axe has a crescent-shaped blade extending from a square head. It has a half-sphere spike at the side of top. The head has gilt and silver leaf decorations.
The axe was bequeathed to the High Hazels Museum in Sheffield by Mrs Priscilla Hollis. High Hazels Park and House in Darnall, Sheffield, were built in 1850 by William Jeffcock, the first Lord Mayor of Sheffield. In 1894, the Corporation of Sheffield bought the park for use by the general public. By 1901 the house had been turned into a museum, proving extremely popular with the people of Sheffield, with over 60,000 visitors in one year. The museum closed soon after the Second World War. Many artefacts are now kept in the collections of Museums Sheffield.
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