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IMPORTANT ELEGANT BASTARD SWORD CIRCA 1560 PROBABLY GERMAN OR SWISS For Sale


IMPORTANT ELEGANT BASTARD SWORD CIRCA 1560 PROBABLY GERMAN OR SWISS


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IMPORTANT ELEGANT BASTARD SWORD CIRCA 1560 PROBABLY GERMAN OR SWISS :
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IMPORTANT AND ELEGANT BASTARD SWORD CIRCA 1560:Probably German/Austrian or Swiss.One of the typologies of sword most sought out by collectors.
Construction:The hilt is constructed with checkered decoration en suite with a black background, recurving quillons with swelling tips,ring guards, astraight two-sided bladewith a slight taper at the tip, original or working life leather grip.
Length: 47 inches.
DISCUSSION:The bastard sword developed circa 1250, about 75 to 100 years earlier than the two-hand sword (circa 1325). A bastard sword (calledhand-and-a-half swordby Victorian collectors, orAnderthalbhanderinGerman) is a combination of a one-hand and two-hand sword. A bastardsword can be wielded like a one-hand or two-hand sword. It cuts andthrusts with a broad or long double-edged blade. Additional power can be employed by using the pommel and the lower area of the hiltbelow the pommel as a grip for a two-hand strike to increase the impactand penetration.

The term bastard sword was first recorded in France during a duel in the 17th century. In Marc de Vulson’s 17th-century treatise “VrayTheatre d’Honneur,” he describes the weapons used in a duel foughtbefore King Henry II of France in 1549 as follows:Deux epees batardes pouvant server a une main ou a deux(Two bastard swords that can be used with one hand or two)I prefer the term “bastard sword” because this is the original term and not one concocted by the prudish Victorians. Interestingly the ballock (a vulgar word for testicles) dagger was renamed the kidney dagger around the same time by the same people. Bastard swords first appeared circa 1250 and lasted until circa 1650. They were widely used in Germany and Switzerland and were most prevalent with the cavalry. Hilts varied throughout their evolution.

Until circa 1550, most hilts on German bastard swordswere cruciform in shape, with some having S-shaped guards. Aftercirca 1550, some hilts became more elaborate.Because they were knightly weapons, they were used with greatfrequency from horseback. Sword length during this period varied from approximately 35 to 40 inches. After circa 1250, the length increased to approximately 45 to 55 inches.

So why did it take until the early 1300s for the bastard sword to flourish?

There are two primary reasons:

1)For the same reason, full-metal defensive armor and two-hand swords did not develop until the same period. As furnaces got bigger in Medieval Europe, steel billets (solid lengths of steel) accordingly increased in size. With bigger steel billets, swords could now be made with fewer (but larger) steel billets, eventually reaching their peak of one billet per sword. Larger furnaces generally meant higher temperatures, better steel, faster production, and probably less expensive to manufacture on a large scale.

2) As armor evolved, its counterpart, the sword, did the same, with larger specialized swords of superior quality and design. This was the weapons race of its day.Comparable:A somewhat similar sword sold at Christie’s on date May 24, 2006 lot number 17 for more than twice this example.

Conclusion:All collections should have the iconic bastard sword as a centerpiece. This example could be considered museum quality. Priced for a quick sale!!!

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