Baselards were very popular throughout Europe from Italy through to Scotland and everywhere in-between, but strangely, they had two very different forms.
This is a Swiss/German form that has a 'rat tail' tang through the grip and curved steel guards top and bottom. The blade is robust, short, wide and transitions from a diamond section to a hexagonal form near the guard with a pronounced fuller.
The grip is laburnum, the top guard is finished with decorative bronze rivets and the sheath is double layer veg tan leather with simple carved decoration and a bronze chape.
Blade length - 302mm/11 7/8"
Total length - 42.8cm/ 17.25"
Grip length - 105mm/4"
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