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Cross–hilt sword, 1600–1625, England & Germany. Iron, silver, wood, copper alloy, steel, & gold; L. overall 39 1/4 in., L. blade 30 1/4 in., Wt. 2 lbs. 6 1/2 oz.. This rare and finely made sword comprises a silver-decorated cross-hilt by a London silversmith or cutler and a richly etched and gilded blade by the bladesmith Clemens Horn of Solingen, Germany. It represents a style that was fashionable in England in the early seventeenth century and is associated with the court of King James I.
Inscribed by Naotane (Japanese, 1778–1857). Blade for a Short Sword (Wakizashi). Engraved by Yoshitane (Japanese), dated 1839. Japanese. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Brayton Ives and W.T. Walters, 1891 (91.2.84) #sword
Hand and a Half Sword, 15th century. European. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913 (14.25.1196) | The name of this type of sword refers to the length of its hilt, which allows it to be wielded with one hand or two. #swords