Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1364: Engraved German/Swiss Style Zweihander Sword

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Engraved German/Swiss Style Zweihander Sword

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
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Catalog Page: 174
Class: Other

These long two-handed swords became popular among Swiss and German mercenaries known as "landsknechtes", primarily during the 16th century, and collectively became known as "zweihanders". This example shows traits of the earlier pattern zweihanders in that it lacks parrying hooks (parierhaken), has a comparatively short blade, and has a simple cross style guard. The blade is 39 1/2 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide at the ricasso, with a flattened central ridge and a triple fuller on the lower 7 inches. The bottom half of each side of the blade is embellished with fine floral, scroll, and mythical beast engraving, along with lily/fleur-de-lis makers marks and a panel towards the top of the engraving with two different sets of unknown rune-like characters. The guard has straight quillions with small knob finials and a side ring on each side. The contoured hardwood handle is leather wrapped, and the pommel is mushroom/scent stopper shaped.

Rating Definition:

Fine, showing mostly a bright grey patina with some patches of darker grey/light pitting and brown oxidation scattered throughout, the pommel mostly brown oxidation, and some scattered minor nicks in the blade. The leather is mostly present and showing age related cracking and drying.

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