A Southern German battle flail circa 1520/30 Iron, polygonal striking head on a riveted chain. The forged twisted iron shaft retaining the original leather covering with cord underlay and a pommel of a two-handed sword of ca. 1520. Patinated, with vestiges of red lead coating. Shaft length 55 cm. Rare example of a flail weapon from the period of the Peasants' War.
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