Ribaldo Early Sidesword – Oakeshotte Type XIX – 14th-15th c.
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Dating roughly from between 1350 and 1450, this is one of over 170 bearing inscriptions from the Arsenal of Alexandria in Egypt. The original was sold by Sotheby’s in 1979. This sword is very similar to the one in the Royal Armory collection and likely forged by the same sword maker sometime before 1432.
The typology of this sword is Oakeshott XIX which was popular during the 15th century. The complex blade features a ricasso and a flat hexagonal blade that changes to lenticular shape at the tip. This geometry results in a capable cut and thrust sword.
The sword has a very early example of a guard for the forefinger, which was an early step in a series of developments that would lead into increasingly complex hilts of the 16th century and beyond. By looping the forefinger over the unsharpened ricasso, a user would be better able to align the edge when cutting and also gain a more refined control of the tip. Having the finger in front of the cross-guard would leave it vulnerable on a simple cross-hilted sword, hence the development of the protective hook.
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Period: 14th-15th c.
Type: Oakeshott Type XIX
- Overall Length: 110 cm
- Blade Length: 93.5 cm (ca. 37”)
- Grip Length: 10.5 cm
- Center of Percussion: 62 cm (from guard)
- Point of Balance: 20 cm (from guard)
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