Sword

Sword

1400s

Steel

Overall: 103.5 cm (40 3/4 in.); Quillions: 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.)

Weight: 1.06 kg (2.34 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1919.69

Did you know?

Although now lost, this sword would have had a scabbard or sheath made of wood covered in leather to protect it from water so it wouldn't rust when not in use.

Description

The European sword is derived from the ninth-century Viking sword, which consisted of a straight double-edged blade and was suitable for slashing or thrusting. Throughout the medieval period swords became increasingly specialized weapons depending on whether it was intended to be used on horseback or on foot. A knight likely owned several swords according to his needs and preferences. Craftsman sought to achieve the technical superiority that in turn would provide his client with a distinct advantage.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Arms & Armor
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor
Medium: 
Steel

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