Art of Swords

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.

Small Sword

  • Dated: 1670 - 1787
  • Culture: European
  • Measurments: 100.25 cm
  • Provenance: made by Bland, from whom it was acquired

Small sword with burnished steel hilt, vase-shaped pommel, chiselled with pierced scalework and trefoil. Barrel-shaped wooden grip bound with steel wire/foil/silk cord. Straight two-edged blade lenticular section later modified to ‘flaming blade’s used until the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, and was kept in Dublin until that date. It was added to the regalia in the Jewel House in 1959.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

European Rapier

  • Dated: circa 1600-1630
  • Culture: German
  • Measurements: overall length 108 cm (3-1/2 ft.)

The sword has twisted iron filigree fuse, terminating with braided rings at two ends. The chiseled wrought-iron mount, pommel, multi-hilt guard, knuckle-bow features foliages and animals decoration. The rapier has a pieced, asymmetric iron bi-valve shell and a straight blade with double fuller and inscription remnants.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Expertissim


  • Dated: unknown
  • Culture: European
  • Medium: steel, leather

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK

Piha Kaetta Dagger with Sheath

  • Dated: 18th century
  • Culture: Sri Lankan
  • Medium: steel, ivory, wood, silver, brass
  • Measurements: H. with sheath 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm); H. without sheath 12 15/16 in. (32.9 cm); H. of blade 6 3/16 in. (15.7 cm); W. 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm); D. 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm); Wt. 20.7 oz. (586.8 g); Wt. of sheath 4.1 oz. (119.1 g)

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Moro Fighting Kris

  • Dated: 19th century 
  • Place of Origin: Southern Philippines
  • Measurements: overall length 28” (71.1 cm); blade length 24” (60.9 cm)

Apparently this Moro fighting kris has a rare handle style. The wood handle has an octagon shaped pommel that has silver bands, brass tacks and is inlayed with mother of pearl. The original rattan binding is intact, and the stirrup is made of silver. The blade is long and heavy with a good active pattern showing.    

Source: Copyright © 2014 Erik’s Edge

Two-handed Processional Sword 

  • Dated: circa 1560-70
  • Culture: Italian
  • Measurements: overall length 147 cm; blade length 108.5 cm

The sword features a double-edged blade of flattened hexagonal section tapering towards a short point, formed with a ricasso, and stamped with the sacred inscription “IHS” together with “MA” and “RIA” in a vertical arrangement segmented within double linear panels on both sides at the forte.

The iron hilt is chiselled in relief, formed of a pair of faceted quillons decorated with spirally fluted globular terminals and each interrupted by a spirally fluted knop carried between leaf mouldings.

The latters have symmetrical inner and outer oval ring-guards en suite, matching stopper-shaped pommel decorated with a three-stage pattern formed of a band of diagonal fluting carried between a pair of expanded flowerheads.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Hermann Historica


  • Dated: unknown
  • Culture: not specified
  • Measurements: overall length 28.70 cm (11 1/4 inches); blade length 20.50 cm (8 1/16 inches)

Source: Copyright © 2014 Cleaveland Museum of Art

Jambiya Dagger with Sheath

  • Dated: 19th century
  • Culture: Arabian
  • Medium: steel, ivory, gold, wood, glass
  • Measurements: H. with sheath 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm); H. without sheath 12 1/16 in. (30.6 cm); W. 1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm); Wt. 8.4 oz. (238.1 g); Wt. of sheath 14 oz. (396.9 g)

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Small Sword 

  • Maker: Heinrich Koell in Solingen
  • Dated: circa 1650
  • Culture: Dutch or German
  • Measurements: overall length 102 cm
  • Inscriptions: the blade is signed “HEINRICH KOELL ME FECIT” and “HEINRICH KOELL SOLINGEN”

Source: Copyright © 2014 Bolk Antiques

Dagger with Sheath

  • Dated: 18th century
  • Culture: Indian
  • Medium: steel, shark skin, jade, gold, ruby, emerald, sapphire, silver
  • Measurements: L. with sheath 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm); L. without sheath 10 11/16 in. (27.1 cm); L. of blade 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm); Wt. 3.5 oz. (99.2 g); Wt. of sheath 2.8 oz. (79.4 g)

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art