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Title Hauswehr (or rugger)
Nationality German
Period c 1520

This fine example of an early 16th century peasant's side arm is probably South German (or possibly Swiss). The intials 'HH' engraved at the forte almost certainly stand for 'Heilige Hubertus', the peasants' patron saint of hunting.

Examples simply did not survive in this condition. Most of the examples in Swiss museums are ground-dug finds with heavy corrosion to the blades, often missing their grip scales.

The heavy razor sharp 13-inch blade is in excellent condition for its age. The scabbard is an 18th or even 19th century pigskin replacement, shrunk with age.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : German : 16th Century]


Pot arrived in good shape, thanks for your assistance.

it is a pleasure dealing with you and I hope this is one of many dealings.

B N, USA, 18.02.2012

Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005