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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Swords

German hand-and-a-half sword with scabbard

Period:
16th Century
Description:

The name of this sword - a hand-and-a-half, or 'bastard' sword - refers to the length of its hilt which can be wielded with either one or two-hands, as opposed to the oversized, heavy two-handed (or zweihander) sword. The grip of a hand-and-a-half was a little larger than the grip of a one-handed sword, and was designed as such to allow for an extra hand on the grip  put more force behind the blows.

 

The blade of this hand-and-a-half sword has been thinned, an is pictured alongisde its scabbard.

Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000175
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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