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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Swords

German Two-Handed Sword

Period:
16th Century
Description:

The two handed sword was a trademark weapon of the German Landsknecht mercenaries.

 

These swords represent the final stage in the trend of increasing size that started in the 14th century. The two-handed sword acquired the characteristics of a polearm rather than a sword due to their large size and weight and therefore increased range and striking power. Consequently, it was not carried in a sheath but across the shoulder like a Halberd.

 

By the second half of the 16th century, these swords had largely ceased to have a practical application but were still seen as a symbol of status. They continued to see ceremonial or representative use well into the 17th century.

Place of Production:
North Germany
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000547
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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