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#1    Abramelin

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:47 AM

I don't know if this is the right forum to post this.

Long ago, like 30 years something, I bought a double bladed axe on some flee market in The Hague.

All I remember of the thing is that the guy said he got it from some castle.

He obviously didn't consider it very valuable because, when he noticed I kept staring at it, he showed me how strong the blade was, and hacked into an oak beam with full force.

I don't have a camera, so I simply put the blade of the axe on my scanner.

What I want to know is this: what kind of pattern is this, Celtic, Gothic, Saxon? Where is it from , if it's not fake (or a mere modern copy)? How old (the blade itself is made of steel)?

The scans of the sides of the axe are not very sharp, but here they are anyway (they are converted into greyscale, but that's only to save memory space; the original color is almost the same)

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Edited by Abramelin, 14 August 2012 - 03:04 AM.


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:11 AM

$39.99 plus shipping and handling


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:13 AM

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:16 AM

That's no answer.

I didn't pay much for it, but so did someone else when she bought a dinner plate with an engraving on a flee market in Amsterdam..

It appeared to be a sketch made by Rembrandt, and was worth a 100,000 dollars....


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:18 AM

View PostHunterII, on 14 August 2012 - 03:13 AM, said:

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Ah!! That's better.

Well, where did you find it, and so on.


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:19 AM

Dragon headed horse is a common Chinese motif.


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:21 AM

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Stylized battle axes were quite popular with the D&D crowd of the '80s


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:21 AM

View PostHunterII, on 14 August 2012 - 03:19 AM, said:

Dragon headed horse is a common Chinese motif.

But the pattern doesn;t look Chinese, and I recognize the eight-legged horse of Odin: Sleipnirr.

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From the url of the photo you posted:

Decorative Medieval Battle Axe

Features:
Steel axe head
Unsharpened
Horse design on head
Grooved wooden handle
Great decor item.
Measurements:
Head: 8 1/2"
Overall: 25"
Our Price $39.99 +S&H sm

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http://www.freewebs....esspearsetc.htm

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:24 AM

View PostHunterII, on 14 August 2012 - 03:21 AM, said:

Nortstarzone.com

Stylized battle axes were quite popular with the D&D crowd of the '80s

God, it's from Dungeons & Dragons??


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:25 AM

I didn't count the legs, sleipnirr it is


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:30 AM

OK, so very probably it is a modern thing.

However, with a bit of luck it is a copy of a real medieval axe, so what do the patterns symbolize?

Is it Gothic, Saxon?


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:36 AM

Is that a rabbit behind the horse?


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:38 AM

View PostHunterII, on 14 August 2012 - 03:36 AM, said:

Is that a rabbit behind the horse?

Yes.


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:39 AM

I think the fourth image is Fenrir.

And the pattern with the man and woman (second scan), intertwined or whatsitcalled, maybe the Web of Wyrd.

If that's true, then the pattern is an Anglo-Saxon one.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:47 AM

I'm thinking Norse





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