This sword readily fits the typology of medieval swords of the second half of the 15th century. The hilt with angled rather than curved, symmetrical guard and ring guard while precursor of the classic arming swords of a half century later, is a form distinctive to Scottish and Irish swords of the 15th century. The blade is of broad slashing form, intended for use where plate armor was generally not expected to be encountered. At that time, Scotland uniquely fit that description. Its contemporaries, the true claidheamh da laimhs, with downward angled guards terminating in quatrefoils match it for profile and balance. The two handed highland swords of the mid-16th century incorporate the same features adjusted for the longer proportions. All are distinguished by broad, near parallel edge slashing blades made in Germany to these unique specifications. That form was favored by the Scots until the disarmament after Culloden. The blade back is inlaid in latten with a forked terminal cross mark. A similar mark on a two hand sword in the Bernischen Historischen Museum, is illustrated, Wegeli, Swords and Daggers, P.34 fig. 59. The length clearly indicates that it was made for fighting on foot, the Scottish tactic. The pommel is of elongated keystone form illustrated by Oakeshott on a number of swords dating to the first half of the 15th century. In this instance, it is of fuller section providing more weight to balance the broad blade and made without a foot in the Scottish fashion. Blade length: 30 1/2"

Stock Number: 97-1019 (WFL.036)

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