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European Sword

  • Dated: 16th century
  • Culture: the pommel is Italian, 1540-50, whilst the rest of the sword is German circa 1570
  • Medium: steel
  • Measurements: overall length, 124.5 cm; blade length, 108 cm; grip length, 10.2 cm; quillons width, 20.3 cm

The sword has a fig-shaped lobated pommel decorated with crudely cut acanthus leaves - shaped in the form of a collar. The grip is bound with twisted steel wire, welding in its middle. The quillons of flat ribbon section are horizontally received and widening at the tips where they are rolled over vertically and decorated with acanthus to match the pommel.

The sword has a single outside ring guard of same section, with diamond shaped leaf-style decoration at midpoint. The plain branches of diamond section come from the outside end of each branch, a flat up-curving counter guard of the same form as the quillon-ends. Back-guard is made of two bars, while the blade of flat oval section is trebly furrowed for its entire length; the maker’s mark can be found on ricasso.

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


Dagger (Qama) with Sheath and Knife

  • Dated: 1856–57, 1861
  • Culture: Caucasian
  • Medium: steel, bone, silver, gold, shark skin, ivory, niello, iron
  • Measurements: Dagger (a); L. with sheath 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm); L. without sheath 19 1/16 in. (48.4 cm); L. of blade 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm); W. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); D. 15/16 in. (2.4 cm); Wt. 12.8 oz. (362.9 g); Wt. of sheath 4.5 oz. (127.6 g); knife (c); L. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); L. of blade 3 11/16 in. (9.4 cm); W. 9/16 in. (1.4 cm); D. 5/16 in. (0.8 cm); Wt. 0.8 oz. (22.7 g)

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art