Apr 18, 2020
Oct 22, 2010

Hand-and-a-Half Sword

Hand-and-a-Half Sword

c.1540–80

Steel; wood, leather, sharkskin grip

Overall: 116.8 cm (46 in.); Blade: 94.8 cm (37 5/16 in.); Quillions: 31 cm (12 3/16 in.); Grip: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Weight: 1.62

Gift from the Bascom Little Estate 1974.58

Did you know?

If you are looking for this in the armor court, look up; this sword is part of one of the panoply or decorative arrangements on the wall.

Description

A hand-and-a-half sword is a large sword with a double-edged blade and a long grip that, when necessary, could accommodate both hands to wield it. The grip of this sword is made of sharkskin and has been fitted around a wooden core. On the blade are two yet to be identified marks.

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