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Asian Bronze Sword with an open mouthed dragon head on the handle, with traces of gold gilding. 400-200 BC

Sword. The skillfully decorated hilt and blade indicate that this sword was carried by a warrior of high rank, perhaps a Viking chieftain or a Frankish nobleman

Early 15th century German blades. Left one is an estoc; edgeless or nearly so.

Valentin Siebenbürger (German, master in 1531; died 1564). Breastplate, ca. 1530–35. German, Nuremberg. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. John Stoneacre Ellis Collection, Gift of Mrs. Ellis and Augustus Van Horne Ellis, 1896 (96.5.115c)

Sword, ca. 1400 Western European, Steel, silver, copper, leather www.metmuseum.org "The silver-embellished pommel and the crossguard made of copper (rather than steel) wrapped with silver wire suggest that this sword was intended for presentation or for ceremonial use rather than for battle. The Latin quotation inscribed on the pommel reads (in translation): "Here, too, virture has its due reward" (Virgil, Aeneid, Book 1, line 461)."

Ceremonial Sword of the German Teutonic Order Dated: circa 1590 Culture: German The blade features the portrait of Heinrich von Walpot.

German Field Armor, maximilian style c.1530

Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi) Inscribed by Naotane. Engraved by Honjo Yoshitane (Japanese, Edo period, 19th century). This blade for the short sword (wakizashi) by Naotane is made in the Soshu style. The engraving is attributed to Yoshitane, who decorated many of Naotane's blades. The matching long sword (katana), made in the Bizen style, is also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection Date: dated 1839 Culture: Japanese Medium: Steel Dimensions: L. of blade 20 in (50.8 cm)