Posted: Thu 22 Feb, 2018 8:05 am Post subject: Broadsword of Oliver Cromwell display at Phila Art Museum
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.
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.
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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