LATE MEDIEVAL 15TH/16TH CENTURY GERMAN “KNIGHTLY” SHORT-SWORD, ca. 1450-1530
In overall very good generally untouched condition with richly patinated metal and wooden surfaces. Hand-forged, double-edge, 24 1/2", broad and tapered, heavy, clip-point, steel blade. Retains a very good, generally smooth, brown age-patina with some minor surface laminations, good edges, signs of use/wear and scattered rust-stains and pitting. The base of the blade measures 2 3/8" wide; and is of early 15th/16th century form, as made with a shallow central fuller/blood-groove. Complete with its hand-forged, cruciform, iron cross-guard with simple downward-flared quillons. Slightly faceted, conical form, iron pommel with a large flared-top finial and its original tang-peen (minor abrasions and scattered pitting). Leather wrapped wooden grip (minor damages) of classic Early Germanic form with a flared central grip-section and much of its original (crazed/scuffed), leather wrapping. Very good dark surfaces and the expected signs of use with minor losses, scuffs, abrasions and several old repairs. In overall very good generally untouched dark condition with deeply patinated steel, leather and wood surfaces with some pitting, patches of discoloration and wear. A classic example of a 15th/16th Century German "Knightly" Short-Sword. ***The type of weapon carried by both Mounted Horsemen (Knights) & Foot-Soldiers, during the 15th/Early 16th Centuries, ca. 1450-1530. For similar examples, please see, C. Blair’s: European and American Arms 1150-1850. Overall length, 29 ½”.