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Hand and a Half Sword

ca. 1500–1525
Steel, leather, wood
L. 50 1/4 in. (127.6 cm); L. of blade 37 3/4 in. (96 cm); Wt. 4 lb. (1814 g)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Sulzberger Foundation Inc. and Helmut Nickel Gifts, Rogers Fund, Bequest of Stephen V. Grancsay, by exchange, and funds from various donors, 1988
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
The blade is incised with the mark of the Ottoman arsenal in Istanbul, indicating that the Turks probably took this sword from a European soldier as war booty.
Marking: The blade is incised with the mark of the Ottoman arsenal in Istanbul.
Pyhrr, Stuart W. "European Armor from the Imperial Ottoman Arsenal." Metropolitan Museum Journal 24 (1989). p. 112, n. 11.

La Rocca, Donald J., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 22, ill.

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