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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]


The package arrived today, and the two items are nice. The Mother Cross actually looks a lot better in person than in the pics.

K P, Spain, 20.06.2017

We just got the hat! Looks great so many thanks ... very pleased with the hat.

P D, USA, 24.03.2011