Finger Guard Hilt Milanese Sword, 1432-PRS401
In 1414 the Lusignan kingdom of Cyprus signed a peace treaty with the Mameluke kingdom of Egypt. In honor of the treaty, the King of Cyprus sent several large gifts comprised at least partially of swords to the Mammeluke sultan. The majority of these weapons were inscribed in Naskhi script and deposited in the Arsenal of Alexandria. Actually, weapons given to the Mammeluke sultans or plundered by them during campaigns were deposited in the Arsenal of Alexandria as early as 1367. The large collection of European swords in the Arsenal has given the modern researcher much material for study.
One of the most famous swords from Alexandria resides in the The Royal Armouries, Leeds. This sword is a representative of Type XIX swords according to Oakeshott's Typology. The defining characteristics of Type XIX swords are the parallel edges of the blade, hexagonal blade cross-section, and short ricasso. The average blade length of surviving examples is 30-33" but could reach as much as 36" or be as little as 26". Here is how Ewart Oakeshott describes Type XIX in his book, The Sword in the Age of Chivalry
Suggested Retail Price US $159 ; Euro 129
- Date: c.1432
- Origin: European
- Length" O'll 41.4"
"Pictures of original taken in the Museum”
"Deepeeka Prototype being compared to the original at the Museum"