Saturday, 21 November 2009

Thw sword of the common soldier

This image which is supposed to be German c1630 leads me to this question; what was the common sword type for pikemen and musketeers in the TYW? I know that it probably depends on when and where but I thought I'd pose the question. In ECW terms people talk about a pikeman's 'tuck' - a word derived from Estoc - a thrusting weapon - although tuck may simply mean 'rapier' as the estoc was a two-handed weapon. Is this what is illustrated here? It's an interesting image that is worth a close look at. Maybe its earlier than the 1630 date...background stuff is interesting too.

1 comment:

Raia said...

We (as swedish troops) use sword of common (easy) type -
http://www.alistaire.net/sdileni/mec2.jpg
http://www.alistaire.net/sdileni/mec.JPG

Sweden - Stockholm - Military museum
http://img5.rajce.idnes.cz/d0502/1/1647/1647409_8421bc5b13759e02623a9b8c96cbd864/images/DSC_0155.JPG

Our new replicas:
http://www.alistaire.net/sdileni/p1.JPG
http://www.alistaire.net/sdileni/obr4.jpg