The Oakeshott Sword has been one of our favorites since we first met the piece long ago inEwart Oakeshott'sCollection. In the video we detail some of the exceptional details on this sword and the original now in the care ofThe Oakeshott Institute. It was a high status medieval sword and one that has survived in exceptional condition.
This sword is said to have come from a tomb that was destroyed in a 19th C period of strife, possibly in France. It would have been new in the 15th Century, though the grip and possibly the silver plating were done in preparation for its use as a funerary sword. This may have happened several generations after it was originally made. The grip style indicates this later date for being entombed. This sword may possibly be Italian in origin.
Current Home of the Original
The Oakeshott Institute, the current steward of the sword, collaborates closely with Arms & Armor to expand access to information about medieval swords. One example of that are 3D interactive models. This allows everyone to examine original pieces, online, in detail. Here is the model of the original of this sword.
Check out our video spotlight on this great sword.
Nathan Clough, Ph.D.is Vice President of Arms and Armor and a member of the governing board of The Oakeshott Institute. He is a historical martial artist and a former university professor of cultural geography. He has given presentations on historical arms at events including Longpoint and Combatcon, and presented scholarly papers at, among others, The International Congress on Medieval Studies.
Craig Johnson is the Production Manager of Arms and Armor and Secretary of The Oakeshott Institute. He has taught and published on the history of arms, armor and western martial arts for over 30 years. He has lectured at several schools and Universities, WMAW, HEMAC, 4W, and ICMS at Kalamazoo. His experiences include iron smelting, jousting, theatrical combat instruction and choreography, historical research, European martial arts and crafting weapons and armor since 1985.
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