Baselard Most men wore daggers at their belts, partly for protection in the streets but also because it was fashionable. Large daggers like this, with blades as big as those of swords, were known as 'baselards': the fashion came from Basel, in Switzerland. Baselards seem to have been popular with wealthy London merchants. late Medieval - Museum of London
Indian khanda sword, Northern India, late 17th century, length: 100cm, wootz / damascus blade; a large gilded ornate hilt; and a scabbard with superbly worked silver mounts - which themselves offer excellent and relatively rare examples of late seventeenth century Indian silver work. The khanda is one of the oldest styles of Indian swords.