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Thrusting Sword (Estoc)

A work made of steel, wood, and leather.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, wood, and leather.

Date:

c.1525—c.1540

Artist:

German

About this artwork

Stiff-bladed swords or estocs were designed to pierce through the joints or gaps of plate armor. They were often kept on the front of the saddle of a well-equipped man-at-arms and used as an auxiliary weapon in addition to an arming sword, war hammer, or mace. This example has a triple-edged blade that is triangular in cross-section with hollow ground or fluted sides, features that make the blade both ridged and light.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Thrusting Sword (Estoc)

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1515–1550

Medium

Steel, wood, and leather

Dimensions

Overall L. 118.5 cm (46 3/4 in.) Blade L. 96.5 cm (38 in.) Wt. 2 lb. 10 oz.

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.3325

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