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Old 11th April 2009, 05:45 PM   #91
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Old 11th April 2009, 06:07 PM   #92
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Thanks so much Michael!!! This information is really great....so far beyond the material I have at hand here.

I couldnt resist the Z .....one of my favorite scenes in "Zorro, the Gay Blade" was when the peasantry asked the mysterious masked swordsman who he was......he dashingly swishes a Z deftly into a tree trunk......and the crowd obliviously ask........'two???'.........in maddened frustration he bellows, no!!!! not two!!! eet ees a zee!!! for I am zorro!!! and stomps off.

Now I'm really off topic !!!! Back to the katzbalgers!!!! please keep it going guys OK?

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Old 11th April 2009, 08:28 PM   #93
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Old 11th April 2009, 08:41 PM   #94
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Old 12th April 2009, 08:47 AM   #95
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Old 12th April 2009, 08:59 AM   #96
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Old 12th April 2009, 04:30 PM   #97
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Stunning pieces, Cornelis!!! Thank you for sharing!

Are they yours?

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More historic illustrations.

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Default A Fine and Important Katzbalger from the Guard of the Emperor Charles V, ca. 1520

Photographed at the Museum of London in 1997.

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Old 13th April 2009, 04:48 PM   #101
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Hi Michael,

extreme beautiful katzbalger, this one I discover for the first time now!
I think it has not been published yet.
thanks for posting this sword and of course also for posting all the pictures of Landsknechts(arms), it will be a great reference for me for future buying.

you should make a book by publishing this thread

btw. the tang does not show hammertraces

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Old 12th May 2009, 08:42 PM   #102
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Default Two very rare Nuremberg woodcuts

The first by Sebald Beham, the second by Erhard Schön, both 1530's.

Sorry for cutting them into two but that was the only way to save them from the web and retain them in reasonable size.

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Old 12th May 2009, 10:14 PM   #103
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Sorry for cutting them into two but that was the only way to save them from the web and retain them in reasonable size.


I think I can help a bit with that.
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Great, Kisak,

Thank you!

Would you consider becoming my private computer tutor?

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Old 14th May 2009, 06:08 PM   #105
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From:

Flavius Vegetius Renatus, De re mlitari (On military equipment), 1512.

Note the curved quillons as a pre-stage to the figure 8 Katzbalger quillons which do not seem to have evolved before ca. 1510.

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More from that imortant source.

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Old 6th June 2009, 04:53 PM   #108
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Default The Marriage Bowl of Peine, Lower Saxony, Dated 1534

This finely painted limewood bowl depicts secenes from the Hildesheim Feud of 1522. It is preserved at the Herzog-Anton-Ulrich-Museum in Brunswick.

Please note the representations of Landsknecht swords and early firearms.

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Thanks for posting these, Cornelis!

What book are they taken from?

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Old 7th June 2009, 03:50 PM   #111
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Thanks for posting these, Cornelis!

What book are they taken from?

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Hi Michael,

ARMA, historia visual de armas y armaduras isbn 978-84-205-5413-6

(not very special but very nice big pictures of beautiful arms.)

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Fantastabulous, Cornelis!

That extremely fine Swabian or Swiss Landsknecht sword, ca. 1500, came of course from the world famous Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick Collection at Goodrich Court, Herefordshire, and is illustrated in the 1830 Skelton catalog. It was acquired by the Met and deaccessioned of again at Christie's, Nov. 22-23, 1960, because the then Met staff rated it a forgery - would you believe that! It was not even illustrated in Christie's sales catalog and went to the Tower relatively cheap.

It is only life that creates stories like that ...

I am not sure wheter it is on display in the Tower or the Royal Armouriers Leeds today.

Btw, two fine pieces from the former Meyrick collection are in mine now: the four barrel Landsknecht mace, ca. 1540, posted here earlier, and an English Civil War matchlock musket, dated 1640.

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Hi Michael,

extreme beautiful sword.

I think the language is old Dutch! not a Swiss Dialect.

Also at present auctions (auction houses) I sometimes notice that forgeries are listed as genuine and vice versa.

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More of that unique piece.

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Late 15th century Landsknecht swords painted on the wooden case for a pair of gold scales, dated 1497, Germanic National Museum Nuremberg.

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A few Landsknechts with Katzbalgers from Franz Helm: Buch von den probierten Künsten (book of the tested arts), South Western Germany, 1535, University Library Heidelberg.

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Two Landsknecht swords, ca. 1510, from South German chronicles, the painting depicting a very rare trefoliate pommel in the Italian manner at the extreme right.

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Old 23rd August 2009, 11:03 PM   #118
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Great subjects simply don't die.
If I recall right, the sword in post #96 has been under of much debate in another forum and found to be an aged contemporary repro, even the maker has been identified.
I was sorting my photos and found this one, from the Invalides in Paris:
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Default A Fine Swiss or South German Hand-And-a-Half Saber, ca. 1530

... in the Wallace Collection, London.

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Old 28th August 2009, 02:57 PM   #120
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Default some messers

Not necessary Landsknecht nor Katzbalgers , but Johann von Schwarzenberg's
Die Bambergische Peinliche Halsgerichtsordnung (Constitutio Criminalis Bambergensis) dated 1507 shows some nice messers:



Pic. 1 :Note the curved crossguard , "knifelike" hilt as well as curved blade/scabbard




Pic. 2 : shows the straight bladed variety of the messer ; note again the "knife hilt" ; the short crossguard is more typical of the earlier 15th century messers.



Pic. 3 : Throwing some (presumably, judging from the apparel) "landsknecht" type for good measure. The man on the right from the devil figure carries what appears to be an "early katzbalger". As has already been mentioned in this thread the early 16th century "landsknecht swords" seem to have only a slightly curved crossguard. Of interest is also the longer "hand n a half" grip.


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