There are a few in the Mendelsche Hausbüchern der Nürnberger Zwölfbrüderhausstiftung.
This one is dated to 1450:

Jost Amman's Standebuch (1568) has one as well, but it's a bit later:

I "know" several more, but these were the only ones I could find quickly online. Let me know if you want me to look for others.


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From: "Kevin Rielly" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, 10 June, 2009 11:47:32 GMT +00:00 GMT Britain, Ireland, Portugal
Subject: poleaxe

Dear all,

Does anyone know of an illustration showing an animal being
stunned/slaughtered by a poleaxe. I would prefer it to be medieval or
earlier and the butchered animal a cow/oxen/bull but I would be grateful for
anything else you can provide.

Thanks in advance


Kevin Rielly
Animal bone specialist

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