The Roman Gladius
From the 3rd Century BC the Romans adopted the gladius style sword from the Celtiberian tribes of Hispania (modern day Spain). It was then issued as the main combat weapon of the Roman Legionary. With a maximum length of only 32” it was suited to the Roman’s close combat fighting style.
Variations of the gladius were created with a longer bladed version for mounted cavalry troops and a wooden training version was used by both the army and in gladiatorial schools. The ultimate honour for a gladiator in Ancient Rome was to be presented with a wooden gladius (rudis) which stated that they were now free.
- Dated: late 19th century
- Culture: British
- Measurements: 103.5 cm overall length in scabbard
Of the type usually associated with the Scottish regiments, the sword has a burnished pommel and guard with sharkskin grip with wires. It features a straight, double-edged bifullered blade marked “Fenton Brothers, Sheffield” and it has a steel-mounted field scabbard.
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Albion hilts appreciation photoset.
Oh look, someone else on tumblr with a borderline obsession with Albion Swords :)
I like Albion…but they’re a bit too perfect in their lines for my taste.
Composite Two-handed Sword
- Dated: first quarter of the 17th century
- Culture: German
- Measurements: overall length 185 cm
The sword has a straight, undulated, double-edged blade, featuring a stamp at the base, between two crosses on a side, and a coat of arms surmounted by cross between floral motifs. The long tang comes with two spikes bent toward the blade. It has a fine hilt from the 19th Century, pierced quillon and pommel and wooden grip with leather covering.
☽♡☾ Pagan, Viking, Nature and Tolkien things ☽♡☾
The sword handle excavated at Eigg thought to be from around the 10th Century CE.
Such a decorated sword handle would have been a sign of wealth and status amongst Vikings.
It can be found in the National Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh and apologies for the quality of the photos, I’ll try and take some new ones when I’m back home :)
Sutton Hoo sword and Staffordshire hoard seax
Seax by Cederlore Forge.