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.

European Halberds

Photo #1

  • Dated: early 17th century
  • Culture: French
  • Medium: steel, pierced; appliqué masks in brass; octagonal wood haft with studs and leather straps
  • Measurements: overall - l:239.00 cm (l:94 1/16 inches). Weight: 2.36 kg. Blade - l:48.00 cm (l:18 7/8 inches)

Photo #2

  • Dated: 16th century
  • Culture: German
  • Medium: steel, with pierced trefoils; wood haft (rectangular with planed corners)
  • Measurements: overall - l:200.70 cm (l:79 inches) Weight: 1.86 kg. Blade - w:25.40 l:51.00 cm (w:10 l:20 1/16 inches) 

Source: Copyright © 2013 Cleveland Museum of Art

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