higgins armory

The Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA, which will unfortunately be closing. The collection will be housed and exhibited in the Worcester Art Museum (WAM), but the removal of the pieces from the Higgins Armory building (originally a steel factory) will be a great loss to the enjoyment of the collection. This solution, however, is still a good one. The Higgins collection is the best arms and armor collection in New England, and it will still be available to the public which loves it so much.

Landsknecht zweihander

A Composite Two-handed Sword

The large German blade, with a central fuller running half its length, the remainder of lenticular cross-section, with brass inlaid devices to each side, at the right forte three crosses connected by arches, at the left forte the running wolf of Passau and Solingen. The wooden two-stage grip with cord wrap and leather covering, the mounts restored in the 19th century, consisting of a finely forged guard with concentric rings and expanded quillon terminals, the juncture points finely profiled, and a pear-shaped pommel well engraved with vegetal motifs. Blade late 15th-early 16th century. Overall wear with minor losses to leather. Deaccessioned by the John Woodman Higgins Armory Museum. Ex-Edward Litchfield Collection, via Parke-Bernet Galleries New York, December 6, 1951.

Overall length: 166 cm (65.35")

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