Largest selection of genuine antique weapons for sale in UK. See our website andrewbottomley.com. Ref 3115. A very rare and original two handed German Landsknecht sword circa 1590-1600. The hilt retaining its original wooden grip. The blade and grip still have remnants of the original leather attached to either side. The blade is of flattened diamond section and is 53 inches in length. The blade is approximately 2 inches wide for most of its length expanding very slightly toward the point to 2.5 inches. Very long and heavy iron cross-guard decorated with fleur-de-lis. A pair of blade catchers below the cross-guard is a secondary guard. Very heavy Iron pommel. This sword is 71 inches in total length. Landsknechts, were foot soldiers, mercenaries skilled in hand-to-hand combat earning great recognition and respect for their skills in the 15th and 16th centuries. During the 15th & 16th century when various territorial disputes broke out, wars sometimes followed and throughout Germany, France and the Netherlands, Landsknechts were mercenaries who were employed to reinforce less experienced local armies.These two hand swords were used by men of exceptional stature to force openings in infantry ranks which would break the formation, initiating the melee in which individuals would then fight hand-to-hand, the speciality of the Landsknechts. Many South German and Swiss arsenals include these two-handed swords. Notable towns are Munich, Graz and Zurich where fine examples of those swords still remain today. The metal work of the sword is in very good overall condition but the leather is worn and missing in places. A fantastic item for the collector of early European swords. Ref 3115. If you wish to purchase this item please visit our website andrewbottomley.com where you can pay by credit/debit card or bank transfer at no extra charge. Established 1968.