Morning Star for the Graubünden «Landsturm» [Age Group of Troops]

Graubünden, as of 1837

When the weapons collection of Major Hartmann Caviezel arrived at the museum, this morning star was dated to the time of the Thirty Years’ War. Only recently the staff members of the museum found out that this classification was wrong. In fact, it is a Graubünden ordnance weapon of the 19th century.

A mediaeval weapon in use at a time when wars had long since been fought with cannons and guns? In Graubünden there were financial reasons for this: One could not afford to equip all militiamen with firearms – instead the older fighters were given such a war clubs as recently as the 1860s.