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Oct 22, 2010

Two-Handed Sword with Flamboyant Blade

Two-Handed Sword with Flamboyant Blade


Steel, leather and wood grip with brass rivets; bronze pommel

Overall: 168.9 cm (66 1/2 in.); Blade: 118.7 cm (46 3/4 in.); Quillions: 50.5 cm (19 7/8 in.); Grip: 49.2 cm (19 3/8 in.); Ricasso: 26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.)

Weight: 2.98

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1919.71


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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