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The head is formed with a central spike of stiff-diamond section, while the axe-blade has an oblique near-straight cutting-edge, one side boldly struck with maker’s mark. There’s a star filled with a pellet, and with two decorative arrangements each of three groups of three circular stamps linked by pairs of incised curved lines.
The small flat rear fluke is pierced with a group of three circles. The open socket is extending to form a pair of wavy straps retained by seven nails. For a related example bearing the mark of the same maker see WALDMAN, John, “Hafted Weapons in Medieval and Renaissance Europe”, Boston 2005, p.73, fig. 69a.