Handling Authentic Antique Swords in Swizterland

 

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Bastard-sword c. 1530

Excellent! One of the best swords I have ever handled ever! (including near-perfect katanas from 1540). Very light and balanced. German or Italian. Note finger-rings (annelets) for gripping. (Starting bid at a mere $7000.)

 

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Ring-hilted bastard-sword
c. 1540

Swiss. Very sweet. Light despite its appearing thickness and width. Strangely it had no ricasso and was sharp all its length (perhaps it was later altered).

 

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An extra long
Swiss Katzbalger c. 1500 (?).

In the background are a mishmash of swords from 1600 to 1900 including a "Highlander- esque" ivory katana, a cage-hilt schiavona, and a few Victorian era reproductions. On the shelf are several superb helms from the 1600's (just gathering dust!).

 

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A superb swept-hilt rapier! c. 1580.

Note the diamond-like blade cross-section, you can just about see the riser in the middle. Despite its seeming width it had NO EDGE WHATSOEVER. Very light and quick and comfortable (with what little room I had for play).

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A really nice cup-hilt rapier from c. 1660
This rapier blade is a very narrow but thick triangle shape and very, very rigid. It came to a nasty pencil thin point. It was a very light weapon, quite long and with a thick cup hiding the annelets inside. It was of course, completely edgeless

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An Italian cut &thrust schiavona from c. 1550

A blurry photo (I was too excited) of what is the best sword I have every handled! Incredible! This blade felt like it had been personally made for me. It was long, light, rigid, comfortable, and just beautiful. It is one of only a few surviving pieces with its original ricasso leather binding still intact. It handled superbly (I had much more room here) and still had a keen cutting edge. The hilt was adorned with gold.
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A Swiss true two-hander w/ side rings, c. 1480
Look at the size of this thing! It was nearly 6 feet and had a handle of over 20 inches. Its ricasso and flukes were at least a quarter inch thick steel, and YET it was light! It was under 5 pounds! Extraordinary work to make steel this strong and light. Next to it are two spiked pole-arms.
 
 

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