Without Copy of the Permit. The Mogenstern (Morning Star) first came into widespread use around the beginning of the 14th century, particularly in Germany where it was known as Morgenstern. The term is often confused with the military flail (fléau d'armes in French and Kriegsflegel in German), which typically consists of a wooden shaft joined by a length of chain to one or more iron-shod wooden bars (heavy sword pommels have also been used as weights).However, there are few depictions of such a ball-and-chain flail from the period, so the weapon of this type appears to have been uncommon. The morning star is a medieval weapon consisting of a spiked ball mounted on a shaft, resembling a mace, usually with a long spike extending straight from the top and many smaller spikes around the particle of the head. The spikes distinguish it from a mace, which can have, at most, flanges or small knobs.
It was used by both infantry and cavalry; the horseman's weapon had a shorter shaft. The mace was a traditional knightly weapon that developed somewhat independently; as the mace transitioned to being constructed entirely of metal, the morning star retained its characteristic wooden shaft.
Many surviving morning stars are of a longer two-handed form typically six feet in length, with some longer examples. There were three types in existence, all differing in quality of workmanship.
The first was the well crafted military type used by professional soldiers, made in series by expert weapon smiths for stocking in town arsenals. The second and much simpler type would have been hand cut by peasant militia men, rather than turned on a lathe, from wood they had gathered themselves and fitted with nails and spikes by the local blacksmith. The shaft and head were usually of one piece but sometimes reinforced at the top with an iron band. The third type was decorative in nature, usually short hafted and made of metal, one sixteenth century example being of steel and damascened with inlaid gold and silver, in the Wallace Collection of London. The Holy Water Sprinkler (from its resemblance to the aspergillum used in the Catholic Mass), was a morning star used by the English army in the sixteenth century and made in series by professional smiths.
One such weapon can be found in the Royal Armories and has an all-steel head with six flanges forming three spikes each, reminiscent of a mace but with a short thick spike of square cross section extending from the top. The wooden shaft is reinforced with four langets and the overall length of the weapon is 74.5 inches (189 cm). The term Holy Water Sprinkler is also used to describe a type of military flail, this being the name for the weapon in French (goupillon).
It was (according to popular legend) the favored weapon of King John of Bohemia, who was blind, and used to simply lay about himself on all sides. Two impressive examples of the military type are housed in the museums of Vienna, both from the sixteenth century.
The first measures 2.35 m (7 ft 9 in) in length including the top spike which is 54 cm (21 in). The head is a separate wooden cylinder slipped over the top of the shaft and reinforced with steel bands, with five metal spikes in symmetrical arrangement. The second example has an all-steel head of complex craftsmanship with four V-shaped spikes mounted on a long shaft that measures slightly less than two meters in length. A twisted and braided steel bar joins the socket to the base of the top spike.There are also 183 surviving specimens in Graz, made in series and delivered to the arsenal in 1685. They are comparable in length to the previous examples and have three rows of spikes around the head. The wooden shafts of most morning stars of the military type are reinforced with metal langets extending down from the head. Still others can be found in the Swiss arsenals of Lucerne and Zurich. Very Good and Attractive Flail Battle Mace "MORGENSTERN" with Large Egg-shaped Hardwood Head having Large-spiked Iron mounts, Matching Hardwood Haft & Iron Chain connecting the Haft to the Head, Probably German or Eastern European, of the type used by Medieval to early Renaissance era Knights. A Very Impressive and Blood-chilling Example, would Greatly Compliment any Advanced Wall Display of Early Arms & Armor. Listing and template services provided by inkFrog. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Pre-1700\Original Period Items". The seller is "antiqueblades" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.