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    Fine and Rare Landsknecht “Katzbalgar” Broadsword, First Quarter 16th C

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    About this item

    The Lansknechts were Germanic mercenary soldiers with a fierce reputation.  Their
    primary weapons were the pike, the “Zweihander” (two-handed sword), and the
    “Katzbalgar” short sword made for close quarters fighting.  They typically featured an S-
    shaped guard, flared grip and pommel, and double-edged 28" - 31" blade with rounded
    point, though numerous variations exist.  It was primarily a cutting weapon, therefore a
    sharp point was not needed and is rarely found.  This is one of the finest examples we
    have ever encountered, either in a museum or in private hands.  The iron guard is hand-
    forged, showing lamination, of the typical roped S-shape, however, the quillons are longer
    than usual and bent downward toward the point, with large spirally fluted ball finials.
    Original flared wood grip with large base ferrule and large capstan pommel with a roped
    base and pyramid-shaped button.  Hilt is tight, with no movement and does not appear to
    have ever been apart.  Double-edged 28 ½" blade of lens section with rounded point and 7
    1/4" central fuller bordered by incised lines and a series of punched dots.  Long ricasso,
    bordered by deeply incised lines and stamped with three four-leaf clover-shaped marks on
    both sides.  There are another four stamped crosses on one side just beyond the fuller.
    Overall length 33 ½".  Shows great age, yet remains in very good original condition with
    nothing loose.  Similar examples pictured in “Europaische Hieb-und Stich-Waffen” by
    Muller, Kolling, and Platow, #95 & 97.  Provenance: Sold by Antiques Armory of Malta in
    2017.

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    Additional Information

    Code

    SB1958 (MZ-51000)

    Nationality

    German

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