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British Basket-Hilted Swords: A Typology of Basket-Type Sword Hilts
by Cyril Mazansky
The phrase basket-type hilts refers to a large group of hilts which provide a degree of protection to the hand and wrist. Basket-hilted swords have featured prominently among British military edged weapons over the past five centuries, from the Wars of the Roses in the mid fifteenth century to the period immediately after the second Boer ...
This book has 3 myArmoury member reviews available:
Thom R. :: * RECOMMENDED *
Expensive but right now as of 2009 it is the definitive book on baskethilts, replete with the authors typology and a nice section on mortuary swords. This is quickly becoming a reference for hilt categorization. The pictures are nicely done as are the descriptions but too bad there isn't more information on the blades. This is all about the hilts. If you are into baskethilts you best save up and get this one before it goes out of print.
Updated Feb 4, 2009 :: 1 of 1 members found this review helpful
William Goodwin ::
A definite must have for any basket-hilt enthusiast. For me, being primarily interested in Mortuary hilts, this book has been a God send. Photo intensive, just chocked full of pieces never published.
Updated Dec 26, 2005 :: 2 of 3 members found this review helpful
Thomas Hoogendam ::
Finally a typology for the baskethilts!! Very nice book. Mazansky goes into the different types of baskethilts from the British Island, but also comes up with a typology for pommels, and various hilt decorations.
The only drawback is that no details are given on the blades. Only the hilts of the swords are shown and described.
Updated Aug 1, 2005 :: 1 of 2 members found this review helpful