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Tim Junge





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PostPosted: Sun 19 Apr, 2020 4:32 am    Post subject: Swords with twisted or otherwise ornamentes crossguards         Reply with quote

Hey guys,

I am currently trying to find out if there are any examples of swords with for example twisted crossguards like the Erbach sword (https://www.arms-n-armor.com/collections/longswords/products/schloss-erbach-sword) or some other 15th century german and bohemian swords (https://www.arms-n-armor.com/collections/longswords/products/bohemian-broadsword) which are dated more close to the 14th century.

Currently I'm under the impression that 13th and 14th century swords were kind of a step back in regards to fanciness of pommels and guards compared to migration period and merovingian swords.

Are there examples of heavy ornamented swords between 1100-1400?

Thanks in advance.
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J.D. Crawford




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PostPosted: Wed 22 Apr, 2020 2:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

High medieval swords tended to be more austere than their dark age predecessors or late medieval / renaissance swords.

An exception seems to be Spanish swords, perhaps due to the Islamic influence. Here are some examples:

http://myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.9327.html

http://myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.37526.html

Regarding swords with twisty crosses, I can't think of any early examples.
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Tim Junge





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PostPosted: Thu 23 Apr, 2020 1:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J.D. Crawford wrote:
High medieval swords tended to be more austere than their dark age predecessors or late medieval / renaissance swords.

An exception seems to be Spanish swords, perhaps due to the Islamic influence. Here are some examples


Ah, thank you. That was exactly the kind of decoration I was looking for.

J.D. Crawford wrote:
Regarding swords with twisty crosses, I can't think of any early examples.


Thank you again, those were only an example which I chose because it was a really typical type of decoration in Bohemia and Germany and the first thing I thought off since it's my favorite kind of sword decoration.
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