Executioner's Sword

blade dated 1634
Overall: 98.1 cm (38 5/8 in.); Blade: 75.3 cm (29 5/8 in.); Quillions: 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in.); Grip: 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.)
Weight: 2.04 kg (4.5 lbs.)
Location: not on view
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The blades of executioner's swords were often decorated with moralistic inscriptions.


An executioner's sword is specifically designed and balanced for decapitation, not combat. It usually features short quillons or cross guards, as the hands did not need added protection, and a blunt end. In wide use during the 1600s, by the 1700s they were largely out of use except for ceremonial purposes.
Executioner's Sword

Executioner's Sword

blade dated 1634

Germany, 17th century

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