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Swords and daggers : an illustrated handbook

Author: Eduard Wagner
Publisher: Mineola, NY : Dover Publications, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This carefully researched, crisply written text traces the origin and development of European cut-and-thrust weapons from ancient times to the twentieth century. In the process, Czech author and illustrator Eduard Wagner (1905-1984) -- an expert swordsman, professional soldier, and arms curator -- considers their importance as tools of battle as well as their dress and ceremonial significance. The author's own
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eduard Wagner
ISBN: 0486433927 9780486433929
OCLC Number: 53954270
Language Note: Translated from the Czech.
Notes: Originally published: London ; New York : Hamlyn, 1975.
Includes index.
Description: 253 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The sword --
The two-handed sword --
The executioner's sword --
The rapier --
The estoc --
The broadsword --
The sabre --
The falchion --
The yataghan and the kindjhal --
The dagger --
The cut and thurst weapon as a museum and collector's piece --
The blade --
The hilt --
The hand guard --
The descriptions of swords and daggers --
Classification of the cut and thrust weapons included in this book.
Responsibility: Eduard Wagner ; illustrated by the author ; [translated from the Czech by Jean Layton].
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This carefully researched, crisply written text traces the origin and development of European cut-and-thrust weapons from ancient times to the twentieth century. In the process, Czech author and illustrator Eduard Wagner (1905-1984) -- an expert swordsman, professional soldier, and arms curator -- considers their importance as tools of battle as well as their dress and ceremonial significance. The author's own captioned illustrations depict more than 250 arms used in hand-to-hand fighting,

Among them bronze swords made almost 3,000 years ago; medieval knights' swords; machete-like fourteenth century falchions; sixteenth-century "sword breaker" and split-blade daggers; a seventeenth-century artilleryman's stiletto; a sharply curved eighteenth-century Turkish kilij; and a wide range of swords, sabers, broadswords, and rapiers used by European fighting men of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Notes on collecting and classifying swords and daggers are also.

Included. An indispensable sourcebook for collectors, this classic reference will appeal as well to students of warfare and weaponry enthusiasts. Book jacket.

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