Afghani tabarzin axe heads

top length: 6 1/4"
blade face : 5"
socket: 2 1/2"

Pair of axe heads in the IndoPersian/Afghani style, created in northern India or south western Afghanistan. Here is an example of that they look like mounted on the original 3' shaft with buttspike. These are 40 year old reproductions of an 18th century axe head - the full axe pictured in the "here" link is also a reproduction. How I identified these is an interesting story - a few years after buying my axe and wondering exactly where it came from, I spotted a photo in the back pages of a 1969 Museum of Historical Arms catalog, being sold as a "low cost den decorator" and identified as a few years old. Having a good research library is essential in collecting antique weapons, and it's amazing what you can learn from old auction or sale catalogs. These would also make really nice belt axes for a reenactor with a Steppes or Mideastern personna ...

Extra bits of identification (and where I found the term "tabarzin") come from this note on the Ethnographic Edged Weapons Forum.