Breughel Messer Short Sword 16thC

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"


Collections: Medieval Museum quality weapons

Category: dagger, Sword

Type: Dagger




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