~ c1580 German Bearing Sword ~
The sword is of the Landsknecht type with 2 stage quillions, some floral decoration to the hilt, original grip and materials.
~ Condition ~
The sword is in fair condition for its age with some amount of surface rust.
~ Dimensions ~
The overall length of the sword is 192cm.
The width of the cross guard is 58cm and the blade's width is 6.5cm.
~ Postage ~
Postage is £45 or it can be picked up from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
~ Bearing sword ~
A weapon carried during public ceremonies to signify the authority of the wearer. This ritual usage was derived from the Byzantine Empire, where an arms-bearer would follow the emperor with an unsheathed sword with the point pointing upward to testify to the emperor's powers. The papal sword given by the pontiff to princes who had fought for Christianity was likewise a bearing sword. A typical ceremony in the Venetian republic, from the end of the 16th to the early 18th century, was the presentation to distinguished persons of a broadsword, which then was displayed during public ceremonies as a symbol of powers bestowed upon them.