- A side-sword, circa 1530.
- Several broadswords and backswords, of varying characteristics.
- An Italian Schiavonna (like this, although the hilt pattern on the museum piece was, well, more organic. Looked like an Alien face-hugger, to be honest...)
- An Italian swept-hilt rapier and a Spanish cut-hilt rapier. The cup hilt was in the Taza pattern
- A French smallsword - notable for the hollow, drilled pommel.
The back- and broad-swords included:
- A half-basket with thumb ring - unbelievably fluid.
- A backsword with a swept-hilt rapier hilt - about twice the weight, and very heavily balanced.
- A Pappenheimer-ish-hilted beast of a weapon, with a two-inch-wide blade and some incredible distal tapering to make it light enough. Just to clarify: that picture shows a similar hilt, but this piece was very unusual in that the hilt was on a broadsword instead of a rapier - and I mean broad: twice the width of a backsword that was also there.
- English military-pattern mortuary hilts, and a Scottish-pattern basket hilt. One of the mortuary hilts had a really evil collection of nicks and notches in the blade, and a vicious-looking point.
I also took along my rapier, backsword and longsword replicas for comparison. The backsword turns out to be very close in weight and balance, while the rapier, despite being a cup-hilt, tends to match the swept-hilt for weight and balance, compared to the cup-hilt (which is much, much lighter, sigh).
There was a goodly selection of us, too: our instructor, three visitors from another school, three students who attend regularly, and three who attend less so.
A fun afternoon.
And now for a evening of food and Potter.