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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Swords

Great sword

Description:

The great sword, so called for its oversize hilt and blade, was too heavy to be wielded one-handed, and required two hands on the grip for leverage, with one hand pushing and the other pulling to manoeuvre the sword. The weapon was slow to wield due to its size and weight, but devastating when the target was met

This great sword has a fig shaped pommel and straight no-nonsense quillions at either end of a large grip (leather over twine) and a wide blade made from a flattened hexagonal section which is over a meter long. On the blade are two etched marks, likely maker's marks.

Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000169
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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