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Two-Handed Sword

Two-Handed Sword

1550-1600

Steel, wood and leather grip; fluted pommel

Overall: 168.3 cm (66 1/4 in.); Blade: 126.4 cm (49 3/4 in.); Quillions: 35.2 cm (13 7/8 in.); Grip: 41.3 cm (16 1/4 in.); Ricasso: 20.3 cm (8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1509

Description

The two-handed sword, originally a weapon of war for specialist infantry, is so named because two hands were required to wield it. By the late 1600s, these enormous swords assumed a largely ceremonial or bodyguard function.

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