Two-Handed Sword

Two-Handed Sword

1550-1600

Steel, leather and wood grip, bronze pommel

Overall: 170.5 cm (67 1/8 in.); Blade: 125.6 cm (49 7/16 in.); Quillions: 53.7 cm (21 1/8 in.); Grip: 43.2 cm (17 in.); Ricasso: 34.7 cm (13 11/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1919.70

Description

The two-handed sword, originally a weapon of war for specialist infantry, is so named because two hands were required to wield it. By the late 1600s, these enormous swords assumed a largely ceremonial or bodyguard function.

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