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German Two-handed Sword, ca. 1600

Impressive and heavy Landsknecht "Zweihander"of gigantic proportions. German and Swiss Landsknechts (mercenaries) of the 15th and 16th Centuries usually carried two swords. The smaller sword, the Katzbalger, was used primarily for one on one combat. The second sword, the huge Zweihander (two hander), was often used to attack pike squares, cutting the heads off the pikes to make them vulnerable to cavalry attack. Only the biggest and strongest soldiers carried these massive swords, which could cut a man in half with one blow. Soldiers who carried these were known as Doppelsoldner, or double soldier, because they received double pay for their strength and expertise.  This example features iron hilt with original blackening. Quillons and large side rings formed of diamond-section bars; the quillons each with three scrolled finials. Fleur de lis on each side extending from the quillon block within the side rings (old collection tag attached). Spiral twisted wood grip with its original leather wrap (worn) and the remains of textile tassels at the top and bottom. Segmented conical pommel with rounded top and button finial. Iron parts chiseled with simple floral and geometric decoration. Double-edged 48" blade of lens section with stamped makerís mark and two large side lugs, showing lamination and widening at the point. The long flat ricasso with its original wood and leather covering. Overall length 64". A large and impressive sword in untouched original condition.

SB1387 $8500   ON HOLD

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