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Austrian Dusegge Sabre, ca. 1600
The dusegge was a broad-bladed sabre carried by foot soldiers primarily in Southern German and Austria. This example with iron hilt featuring large single side ring, looping knuckle guard, large down-turned rear quillon, and thumb ring with shell motif on the reverse. Distinctive birdís head pommel with square button; leather over cord wrapping on the wood grip. Broad unmarked 28" single-edged sabre blade with shallow fuller, the last 9" double-edged. Blade shows lamination, wear, a few edge nicks and pitting, and the point is rounded. Overall length 33 Ĺ". A dusegge with very similar pommel, knuckle guard, and quillons is pictured in "Schwert und Spiess, Landeszeughaus Graz, Example #138 on page 40.
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