Marienburg Longsword, late 14thC.
German Longsword, late 14th century, inspired by original sword from Marienburg Castle. Grip is based on 14th/15th century original finds.
This sword design is close to some existing museum examples in Poland and Germany, dated to 14th century.
While the sword can be dated to 14th century, the scabbard with its decoration can be later, dated to late 14th / early 15th century, what is normal situation in Middle Ages, when sword could be used by 2 or more knights, forwarded to some younger person.
The pommel in this sword is based on some Teutonic Order sword, now in Malbork Castle Museum in Poland. Also the blade is very close to many longswords from this period. Simple, straight crossguard is one of the most common types for this swords .
Classic example of medieval battle longsword.
My idea was to make a contrast between simple, battle sword with highly decorated scabbard, which could possibly added later, in 15th century. We know some view examples of swords with later scabbards.
Scabbard and belt for this sword reflects a German style with black and dark brown colors combined with golden fittings. Belting style from 13 / 14th century is combined with simple functional buckle.
On the belt we can see also golden letters 'AM' (Ave Maria) combined in medieval initial.
On the scabbard we can see the beginning words from old prayer:
'Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix '.
Both details also reflects Teutonic Order canon.
overall length 1120mm
blade length 865mm
grip length 185mm
blade width 58mm
thickness: at the base 5mm
balance ca. 90mm
weight ca. 1450g