16thC Breughel Messer with knuckle guard

In many of Breughel' paintings you see fairly low status men carrying short messers, often with a side rind 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 as weapons.

Grip length - 11cm/4.5"

Blade length 48cm/19"

Overall length - 61cm/24"



Category: dagger, messer, Sword

Type: Dagger