A FINE ITALIAN LEFT HAND DAGGER CIRCA 1590. Of large proportions with thick diamond section blade and finely formed down turned guard with large ring guard. This dagger undoubtedly was made en suite with a swept hilt rapier and was used in the left hand to parry an opponents blows. The stepped decorative finials of the down turned guard could also be used to engage an opponents blade, even if only briefly to provide the opportunity for a counter thrust. Blade length: 12 1/2
From the crude weaponry and armour of the Battle of Hastings, to the high-tech kit of modern conflict, a new photographic survey explores the personal equipment carried by the common British soldier through the past years
Zulu Spear This spear is a traditionally made shortened assegai of the Zulu, known as the iklwa. Iklwa blades like this one cut almost as well as they thrust. The 13 inch high carbon steel blade is mounted on a hand finished Hard Oak wood shaft. The throat of the shaft is wrapped with dyed calf skin and wood twine. This spear is 36 inches overall.