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Bryan Heff




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PostPosted: Thu 22 Feb, 2018 8:05 am    Post subject: Broadsword of Oliver Cromwell display at Phila Art Museum         Reply with quote

One of my favorite swords of all time. It's back on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For many years it had not been displayed. I don't know the reason. Sorry the pictures are not better. Its some what hard to tell in these pictures but the blade has multiple fullers similar to a cinquedea. It also has a VERY broad double edged blade which has the overall size and shape of many type X blades.

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Michael Beeching





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PostPosted: Thu 22 Feb, 2018 9:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That thing is a brute! The fullers are gorgeous, but I have always wondered about potential spikes in the stress load of the blade where they terminate and transition into the next set. A study into that would make for an interesting exercise in blade design.
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Guillaume Vauthier




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PostPosted: Thu 22 Feb, 2018 12:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Goddamn, what a wide blade! That's impressive.
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Max L




Location: Philly
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PostPosted: Fri 23 Feb, 2018 7:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh thats beautiful. I'm going to have to visit the museum again soon! Also, there's a XIIIb there that I'm thinking of having someone replicate.
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Ken Speed





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PostPosted: Sun 25 Feb, 2018 10:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

DAMN!! Now THAT is a sword! One of the first thoughts that came to me when I saw the photos was how would a sword like that handle? What if an enterprising smith made a sword with that blade configuration and a less ornate handle and someone put it through it's paces? I think that would be fascinating!
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PostPosted: Sun 25 Feb, 2018 12:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's fantastic. It wasn't on display when I went years ago. It's great to know it's out there again.
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