Probably brought to Rhode Island by early settlers, this European halberd at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum dates from the 15th or 16th century. A halberd is a type of polearm used in combat to repel mounted cavalry charges and signal or direct troops.
Halberds were used throughout the American Revolutionary War.
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