In many of Breughels’ paintings you see fairly low status men carrying short messers often with a side ring and a knuckle bow. This form of short sword was popular throughout the 16thC.
They were often fairly crude and are shown slung from a baldric. Clearly they are working items and not just for show and the owners give the impression they were used as tools as much weapons.
Blade length 39cm/15"
Overall length 51cm/21"
Grip length 9.5cm/3.75"
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This medieval crossbow is typical of many 15thC munition quality war crossbows so it is plain and rather blocky. Bow irons came in around 1400 though lashing was also still...
This crossbow is typical of many medieval 15thC munition quality war crossbows so it is plain and rather blocky. Bow irons came in around 1400 though lashing was also still...