Hand-and-a-Half Sword

Artist/maker unknown, Italian

Geography:
Made in Italy, Europe

Date:
c. 1475-1500

Medium:
Partially etched and gilded steel, copper alloy [blade]; iron, wood, velvet, cord [hilt]

Dimensions:
Length (Overall): 46 3/4 inches (118.7 cm) Pommel: 3 1/4 × 1 1/8 × 3 3/4 inches (8.3 × 2.9 × 9.5 cm) Width (Quillons): 11 15/16 inches (30.4 cm) Depth (Quillon Block): 3/4 inches (1.9 cm) Blade: 2 11/16 × 37 1/16 inches (6.8 × 94.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 249, Arms and Armor, second floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

Accession Number:
1977-167-543

Credit Line:
Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

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Label:
This is one of the finest knightly swords surviving from the late fifteenth century. Particularly outstanding are the mighty forms and harmonious proportions of its pommel and blade, the embellishment of the latter with delicate etched and gilt ornaments, and the overall condition of the entire sword, which retains its original velvet-covered grip.


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