Bastard Sword

  • Dated: 1563
  • Measurements: overall length 123cm, handle 22cm, weight approximately 1.44kg

Featuring the coat of arms of the Holstein family of Reventlow, the sword was part of a collection of weapons which was sold in Denmark, Gaunö in 1930. The handle has a wood grip with leather wrap and an interesting Octahedron shaped pommel.

The guard is a set of flattened quillons (23.5 cm wide) curving downwards and have spatulated ends. The blade also has a single fuller on either side and is inscribed with “Durch Gott und seine Gnad das Glück erhoff ich” and on the other side “alle Stund und Augenblick”, plus “AD 1563”

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Bastard Sword / Oakeshott Type XIIIa Medieval Sword

Hand-and-a-Half Sword, c. 1500 South Germany, early 16th Century

Steel, wood, leather; quillions and spirally fluted pommel of blackened steel, Overall - l:117.50 cm (l:46 ¼ inches) Wt: 1.34 kg Blade - l:90.20 cm (l:35 ½ inches) Quillions - w:26.40 cm (w:10 3/8 inches) Grip - l:21.00 cm (l:8 ¼ inches). 

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1921.1253

For more information on Oakeshott Type XIIIa Swords see this extract of Ewart Oakeshott's Records of the Medieval

If you’re looking for a durable and attractive reproduction of the Oakeshott Type XIIIa check out Hanwei’s Tinker Pearce Line Bastard Sword with Fuller:

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