Breughel messer - short sword

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 often worn 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.  (shown here with a custom eating set)


Grip length – 11cm/4.25"
Blade length – 41cm/16"

Overall length –55cm/21.5"


Category: messer, Sword

Type: Sword