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The Sword

Military Sword

Period:
16th Century
Description:
The medieval sword required only simple guards because the user's hand was protected by a steel gauntlet.  In the 16th century when swords began to be carried in civillian dress it was necessary to provide additional guards for the bare hands of a duellist.  This particular weapon was probably carried by a guard at the Bavarian Court.  The Stantler family were the leading sword cutlers in Munich at this period.
Place of Production:
Munich
Materials/Media:
steel with blued steel hilt
Dimensions:
blade 873mm, hilt 220mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
EAAM086n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council