8 articles tagged as swords


The Deserters (Sword Fight- Rapier & Dagger Duel)

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One of my friends posted this on FB, and it reminded me of how much I loved it…

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Presentation Saber

  • Dated: late 19th century
  • Culture: Austrian
  • Measurements: overall length 77cm

The sword has a simple, single-edged blade, with a wide fuller, and a tang. The gilt silver hilt features bas-relieved decorations and engraved floral motifs, and a pierced guard enriched with stones. The scabbard has two rings, decorated with two blue enamelled segments, enriched with small gilt elements and a pearl at the centre, the enamelled parts are alternated to gilt silver elements enriched with cabochon stones. The rear surface of the scabbard is finely engraved.

Source: Copyright © 2015 Czerny’s International Auction House S.R.L.

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Cavalry Sword

  • Dated: 1765-85
  • Culture: British
  • Medium and techniques: wood, ray skin, silver, gilt, foil, wire, leather, blued steel/etched, burnished
  • Measurements: overall length 105.15 cm; blade length 889.7 cm
  • Provenance: the Carlton House Catalogue records that “this sword was worn by the Marquis of Granby at the Battle of Minden”

The sword features a burnished steel hilt with a ribbed pommel. The barrel-shaped spiral wooden grip is covered with white rayskin and silver gilt foil. The two-edged blade-gilt panel display floral trellis, blued panel gold edge and with three fleur-de-lys, inscriptions, and on the inner face a crowned G R III.

Source: Copyright © 2015 Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Sword hilts on display at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow, Scotland.

1. Cup hilt rapier, early 17th century, Spanish.

2. Swept-hilt rapier, about 1600, English hilt, German blade.

3. Fencing sword, mid-16th century, Italian hilt, Spanish blade.

4. Swept-hilt rapier, late 16th century, probably German.

5. Katzbalger, early 16th century, German.

6. Two-handed sword, about 1550, German.

7. Two-handed sword, late 16th or early 17th century, Highland Scottish.

What a fine collection of quillon configurations

OMG so much beauty.  I especially love the cup hilt.  Look at that lacy, elegant metal!

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Parade Sword with Scabbard

  • Dated: circa 1825
  • Maker: hilt by Johann Stroblberger, German (active Munich)
  • Geography: made in Munich, Germany, Europe
  • Medium: steel, engraved and gilded; cast brass, steel gilded with silver; leather

Source: Copyright © 2015 Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Court Sword (Kazaridachi)

  • Dated: Edo Period
  • Maker: Masatoshi
  • Medium: steel, wood, lacquered and decorated with mother-of pearl, enamels and gilt bronze fittings
  • Measurements: width: 959 mm, blade width: 664 mm; blade length: 66.5 cm blade; overal length: 96.2 cm
  • Marks and inscriptions: “I Shonii Tsunemitsu (or Nobumitsu) Ko Mei, Etchu No Kami Fujiwara Masatoshi tsukuru kore Ordered (commisioned) by Lord Tsunemitsu (or Nobumitsu) Isho second rank; Fujiwara Masatoshi honorary lord of Etchu province (modern-day Toyama Prefecture) made this. Kiku mon; Tenwa Ni nen Rokugatsu Tsuitachi 2nd year of Tenwa, 6 month, 1st day (1682)

This Japanese court sword (kazaridachi) has a wooden scabbard decorated in lacquer of the type known as ‘nashiji’, meaning ‘pear-skin appearance’, with mother-of-pearl inlay of pairs of mythical Ho-o birds (a type of phoenix). The metal fittings are of copper-gilt filigree work inlaid with turquoise enamels. The decoration also incorporates a design of paulownia leaves – the plant associated with the ruling Tokugawa shoguns of the Edo period (1600-1868) – and the triple hollyhock crest of the Tokugawa family.

During the Edo period, such mountings were sometimes worn not only by imperial courtiers but also by the shogun and other members of the military aristocracy. The use of the triple hollyhock crest reinforces the suggestion that this kazaridachi was worn by a member of the military aristocracy rather than by imperial aristocracy. The decoration of Ho-o birds coupled with the paulownia leaf symbolises the benevolence of the ruling Tokugawa shoguns.

Source: Copyright © 2015 V&A Images

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Swordsmithy – a small Czech company that
specializes in hand forged custom made arms for HEMA professionals,
enthusiasts and collectors

That first guard, guh. So petty.

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