Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Rapier Sword

  • Dated: circa 1600
  • Culture: Spanish
  • Measurements: overall length 104 cm

The sword has a double-edged blade of diamond section, with the smith’s mark on the ricasso. It features an iron swept hilt comprising a globular gadrooned pommel and grip with wire binding.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Antikvity Praha S.R.O.

Mamluk Knife with Decorated Scabbard

  • Dated: 14th - 16th century 
  • Measurements: overall length 21.5 cm; blade length 11 cm

The blade is made of watered steel decorated with three embedded coral beads and the inscription "The time of the reign of Sultan Malik Zahir". On the reverse of the blade reads, "Fly high, bird of distress and revenge, your rigor and fairness affirm human fate".

The knife has a square tapered handle of blue glass. The ivory scabbard is richly inlaid with mother of pearl, brass and stones, representing the heavens, with gilt silver fittings with garnets and turquoise.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Galerie Arcimboldo

Swords in Art - Joan of Arc

  • Dated: 19th century
  • Measurements: height: 36 cm (14 inches); width: 14 cm (5-1/2 inches); depth: 12 cm (4-3/4 inches)

Bisque porcelain (unglazed, white ceramic ware) statuette of Joan of Arc in armor atop square base and holding removable silver sword. There’s a swan hallmark on sword.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Expertissim

Parade Falchion 

  • Dated: partly circa 1600
  • Measurements: overall length 77.5 cm; blade length 62.8 cm

Made in the Milanese style, the sword features a heavy blade struck with three spurious marks at the ricasso. The iron hilt, including vertically recurved fluted quillons cast in relief, comes with the tips formed as Turk’s heads, chiselled moulded fluted iron grip, and fitted with a Moor’s head pommel. The latter is finely chiselled, featuring a diadem and elaborately plaited hairpiece, the details picked-out in gold damascening (originally gem-set about the basal collar). 

Source: Copyright © 2014 Hermann Historica

Bronze Sword

  • Culture: Chinese
  • Medium: bronze
  • Measurements: overall length 26 inches

Source: Copyright © 2014 Invaluable

Rapier Sword

  • Dated: 1546
  • Culture: Italian
  • Measurements: overall length 127 cm. Blade length 112 cm
  • Inscription: engraved in the central fuller with: “X Mediolanum X” for ancient Milan, and on the other side with the date: “X AN. 1546 X”. Chiseled decoration on the Cross-guard, the rain guard and the pommel

The pommel, as well as the cross- and the rain-guard are decorated with a chiseled pattern. The cross-guard is curved and the handle still bears its original leather mount. The central fuller is engraved with the place of origin on one side: "X Mediolanum X", which stand for the ancient Milan and the date on the other side: "X AN. 1546 X". The sword is in great condition considering its age.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Live Auctioneers

How To Saber a Champagne Bottle

For the LOLs: A daring way to open a Champagne Bottle. Please do not try this at home. 

Read the full instructions here.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Alton Brown

European Sword

  • Maker: unknown
  • Dated: 1300-1350
  • Culture: probably made in Italy, Europe
  • Medium: steel [blade]; blackened iron, copper alloy [hilt]; wood and leather [scabbard]
  • Measurements: overall length: 42 15/16 inches (109.1 cm). Blade: 36 inches, 2.6 lb. (91.4 cm, 1.16 kg). Pommel: 2 1/16 inches, 1 3/8 inches (5.3 × 3.5 cm). Blade length: 35 15/16 inches (91.3 cm). Blade width: 2 1/8 inches (5.4 cm). Quillon width: 6 3/4 inches (17.2 cm). Quillon block depth: 9/16 inches (1.4 cm)

The sword features Arabic inscriptions at the base of the blade, but it was probably made in Europe for the Middle-Eastern market.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art

Ceremonial Dagger

  • Dated: mid-19th Century
  • Culture: Italian

The dagger has a straight, double-edged blade, ribbed at the tip and with three deep grooves. The tang is slightly thickened, and almost the entire surface is engraved with floral motifs. It features a brass hilt picturing a skeleton wearing a tunic, while the guard features is a snake in-the-round. Comes together with a velvet-covered wooden sheath with brass mounts decorated with bas-relieved leaf patterns.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Live Auctioneers

Japanese Sword

  • Dated: 19th century
  • Measurements: overall length 42 inches

The sword features a scabbard with floral, figures, and animal motifs across the sword and handle. The blade features carved Chinese characters.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Altair Auctions & Appraisals