Ethnographic Arms & Armour
 

Go Back   Ethnographic Arms & Armour > Discussion Forums > European Armoury

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 25th June 2021, 05:51 PM   #1
fernando
Lead Moderator European Armoury
 
fernando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Portugal
Posts: 8,539
Default Quitós ... or typical court swords.

The most characteristic exponent of small swords in Portuguese history was the Quitó (Fom the French coteau), which became fashionable in the country in the 18th century and whose blade, according to the Johannine law of 1719, could not exceed three palms.
It is the Quitó that brings the advent of small swords to Portugal and marks a pause in the use of heavy swords, which abounded until the beginning of the 18th century in the baldrics of swordsmen.
It wasn’t so much because of successive attempts by the law to try to reduce the size of war weapons or restrict their use in civil life, but rather due to the overwhelming entry of French fashion, as a sign of a more effeminate way, in the reign of D. João V, whose light and delicate clothing, quite simply did not allow men to carry such large and heavy weapons. The Portuguese felt the need to adapt to European times and fashion, which in the 18th century saw the casual use of this type of heavy weaponry as an anachronistic sign of a virile severity that was slowly falling into disuse.
Here are two examples; the first with a silver hilt, the most common material used in these fashionable swords.The silver chain is a replacement, as the originals often fell off and disappeared. The other one with an iron hilt, not so much seen, unfortunately missing one of the quillon ends. Its blade is not as plain as the other but probably a fine one of German origin. Although these court swords were more of an attire show off, blades were tense, not fit for fencing but sharp enough to inflict damage (even lethal) in a fight, as recorded to have taken place in a few period episodes.

.
Attached Images
         

Last edited by fernando; 6th July 2021 at 06:10 PM.
fernando is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 07:21 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Posts are regarded as being copyrighted by their authors and the act of posting material is deemed to be a granting of an irrevocable nonexclusive license for display here.