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#144 German Flail

Originating from a threshing tool, the flail as a weapon took several forms. The piece replicated here was made to be used in one hand while fighting on foot or horse. This high gothic example of a hand flail has a beautiful design. The unique links of the chain are sculpted with two rows of spikes on their outer edge. The right angle links also allow for a sinuous flow of the head and chain when in motion. The grip is topped by a ring and butted by a turned finial.

Original: 15th Century, German, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Shaft: 17.5"; Chain: 6"; Spikes: 2"; Grip: 5.5"

$430 + $40 shipping and handling