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Parade Halberd
The halberd was a staff weapon favored by European infantries (foot soldiers) of the 1400s and 1500s for its versatility and deadly effect. The word halberd comes from the German words Halm (staff) and Barte (axe). The halberd is, in fact, an axe that served multiple functions: the axe blade was used for hacking, the spike for thrusting, and the beak for piercing plate armor or for pulling a knight from his saddle. The halberd was used by shock troops (those who lead an attack) and by Swiss and German mercenaries. After about 1550, the halberd gradually became less functional. Its large blade provided space for coats of arms and insignia. By the late 1500s, the parade halberd had become a ceremonial weapon for palace guards.
source: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.1826

Parade Sword, ca 1500-1525
source: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.704

Small Sword
This small sword has a veritable panoply of animal imagery. Men ride horses across the crossguard, the horizontal element closest to the blade, and around the pommel, the globular tip of the handle. Mythical animals feature prominently on the guard, the semi-circular piece that covered the knuckles.
source: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.1099

Stiletto, ca 1650, Italy
source: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.1699

Moonlight along the California Coast by Granville Redmond - circa 1918

Dagger, ca. 1620-1650
source: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.1688

Basket-Hilt Broadsword ("Mortuary Sword")

The decoration on this sword's hilt includes an image of King Charles I of England (beheaded in 1649). Because the image resembles the king's death mask, this sword is known as a "mortuary sword." It may have belonged to Sir Thomas Fairfax, a general of the Parliamentary cavalry during the English Civil War (1642-51). Large, double-edged broadswords, designed for heavy cavalry use, were common from the 1600s through the 1800s.

source: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.696

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) Night Sea, woodblock print (1930)

Parrying Dagger

The perforations within the blade were meant to provide elasticity, preventing it from snapping during vigorous parries. The serrations were arranged not for producing an unpleasant wound, but to "catch" the adversary's blade.

source: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.1657

source: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.1535

Hanger [Hunting Sword]
source: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.1629

Schiavona Broadsword early 1700s
source: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.693

Dagger, Italy, early 17th century

The carved grip of this dagger depicts the Old Testament story of the Sacrifice of Isaac.

source: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.1696

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) Night Sea, woodblock print (1930)

Saber with Scabbard,blade possibly dated to A.H. 1191/A.D. 1777–78

This is a classic example of a high-quality Iranian saber (shamshir) from the eighteenth century. The blade of crucible (“watered”) steel bears the names of the legendary Iranian swordsmith Asadullah of Isfahan and his patron Shah 'Abbas I of Persia (r. 1588–1629). As Asadullah’s name is found on blades inscribed with dates ranging from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, it is likely that most of the signatures are false.
source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/32739

Sword (Kilij) with Scabbard,19th century
source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/30969

Sword and Scabbard (dpa’ rtags),18th–19th century

The subtly forged patterns on the blade and the silverwork of the hilt and scabbard represent Bhutanese swordsmithing at its very best. Unlike most countries, in Bhutan swords remain a widely recognized cultural and political symbol and are worn frequently by government ministers and members of parliament as part of their official dress on ceremonial occasions.
source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/649101

Smallsword with Scabbard,ca. 1780
C. Liger
source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/32526

Sword and Sheath,20th century
Mande peoples
source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/316828

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Double Sword with Scabbard,19th century
source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/31115

Knife Handle (Kozuka) Depicting Shells on Beach (海辺に貝散図小柄),ca. 1615–1868

The motif plate of this kozuka shows a beach with an arrangement of shells which are decorated with a differently colored abalone and mother-of-pearl inlay. The waves are decorated with a shell inlay as well. The areas that represent the beach show a sunago-zōgan inlay (lit. "sand inlay").
source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/25779

Sword with Scabbard,17th century
source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/25108

Sword (Rudus) and Scabbard,dated 1835
Muhammad Salih of Terumon

The sword is exceptional for the gold decoration inlaid on its blade, which includes a date and an inscription identifying the artist as "Muhammad Salih of the state of Terumon… in the village of Payung." While the place names appear to refer to Peninsular Malaysia, the form of the hilt, blade, and scabbard are distinctive to a region of northern Sumatra inhabited by the Aceh and Pakpak peoples. These elements suggest that the sword was made in Sumatra and then decorated in neighboring Malaysia.
source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/662961