Steel; round wood haft with leather straps
Overall: 183.5 cm (72 1/4 in.); Blade: 22.2 cm (8 3/4 in.)
Weight: 2.6 kg (5.73 lbs.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1802
The corsèque is said to have originated in Corsica, from where it takes its name.
The corsèque is a pole arm with a symmetrical three-pronged head consisting of a central double-edged blade and two sharp, upturned wings. The side blades served several functions: as guard to protect the soldier's hand when a thrust was delivered with the central blade; as a hook for unseating a mounted opponent; and to trip the opponent's horse. The corsèque was used mostly in Italy and France from the 1400s to the early 1600s.
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