German hand-and-a-half sword with scabbard

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.
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East Ayrshire Council
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