*Editor's note: I'm uncertain where to place this sword. It appears to be a Type XIX, but Ewart Oakeshott, to the best of my knowledge, did not make allowances for two handed Type XIX swords.
An extremely rare Swiss or German Two handed Landsknecht Katzbalger Sword circa 1520-1540.
The hilt is in excellent condition, consisting of a extremely large set of S shaped quillons which spiral and have brass or copper balls at the end of each of them.
The grip is wood with leather wrap, the leather is very old but cannot determine the exact age. The pommel is large and has a oval/door knob shape with the center being raised with the pommel button. The pommel decorated with groves and a central raised band.
The hilt has no play present.
The blade is an enormous double edge blade which had a width of 5.4 cm and has a single fuller on either side of the blade.
The ricasso on one side having two hearts stamped and further markings in the fuller, these marking can be found on either side.
The over all condition is excellent and the blade shows signs of serious use with nicks and cracks.
The sword is well balanced when wielded with two hands but definitely for a skilled sword smith who has had training with such a weapon . This is a truly amazing piece in its original state and worthy of a museum collection. One of the top two handed bastard sword with very few every coming to market.