German hand-and-a-half sword

Early 16th century hand-and-a-half sword, produced in Germany. 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.   Blade is etched with two maker's marks. The mark in the right side of the image 'cross with W-marks' indicate that the sword maker may have been Hieronymus Frickel, who was master of the guilt of swordmakers in Passau.
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East Ayrshire Council
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