(Circa) Print made by: Jörg Breu I. Published by: David de Negker. Block cut by: Jost de Negker. A Landsknecht holding a sword behind his neck; whole-length figure, looking to left. From a series of fifty woodcuts.
Type XX Dating from 1420-50, this large bastard sword is in very good condition. The grip of leather over wood seems to be original. Traces of an orb and cross mark are found on its 37 inch long blade. A twin of this sword can be found in the Castle Museum at Norwich
The long and narrow fuller of the 35" blade is much like an Oakeshott Type XI, but because of the sword's proportions, it is placed into the Type XIIIa group. The cross-guard is also an earlier style, known as a Gaddhjalt or "Spike-hilt" form, and is most common amongst Viking swords. Oakeshott dates this example early for the type at circa 1200-50, or perhaps even as early as 1100.