Step back in time and hold a piece of history in your hands with this Ancient Dane Axe from Antiquarius. Crafted during the medieval era, this massive Dane axe is a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of our ancestors. With its heavy and sturdy bearded axe head, complete with pitting, use marks, and aging, this axe has stood the test of time. Measuring 32.5 cm high and 25.5 cm wide and weighing 2.1 kilograms, it's a truly impressive relic. FREE UK delivery. Buy with confidence and explore the past today! Condition: Excellent ancient condition. From a private UK collection. No international delivery. Our peace of mind guarantee. Return within ten days (no reason required) for a 100% refund.

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The Dane axe is an early type of battle axe, primarily used during the transition between the European Viking Age and early Middle Ages. Other names for the weapon include English long axe, Danish axe, and hafted axe.

Through the course of the 9th–11th centuries, the Dane axe began to gain further popularity outside of Scandinavia, either through Viking trade or influence or independent developments; such as England, Ireland and Normandy. Historical accounts may depict the Dane axe as the weapon of some of the warrior elite in this period, such as the Huscarls of Anglo-Saxon England. In the Bayeux tapestry, a visual record of the ascent of William the Conqueror to the throne of England, the axe is almost exclusively wielded by well armoured huscarls. These huscarls formed the core bodyguard of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings. A Dane axe, perhaps King Edward's, is offered to Harold before he is crowned. The Bayeux Tapestry also depicts a huscarl cleaving a Norman knight's horse's head with one blow. The Dane axe is also known to have been used by the Varangian Guard,