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Pompeii Type Gladius Sword with Sheath | Roman Swords

Pompeii Type Gladius Sword with Sheath | Roman Swords

From the 4th century BC until the 3rd century AD, the gladius, the primary weapon of the Roman legions, was utilized in a variety of ways. One of the most recent forms of the Roman short sword is the Pompeii-type gladius. Modern historians named it after the Italian archaeological site where the four classic examples (dating from before 79 AD, the year of the tragic Vesuvius volcanic explosion that buried the city under several meters of ash) were discovered.

The shorter and broader double-edged blade of the Pompeii gladius made close-quarters combat easier. These gladii, which have straight, parallel cutting blades and a triangular tip, were primarily designed as thrusting/stabbing weapons, although they could also be used for cutting or slashing.

The sword on offer is a replica of an ornate, yet traditionally fashioned Pompeii gladius, made as historically accurate as feasible. It has a full-tang blade made of high carbon steel that is unsharpened. For a secure grip, the grip is made of bone and facetted. An oval guard and a spherical pommel, both crafted of solid wood with hand-carved motifs, flank it on either side. The sword tang is attached to the pommel by a brass top nut. To soften the contact between the hilt and the scabbard, a brass guard-plate inlay into the wood of the guard is covered with a thin piece of felt. If you wish to see the brass inset, you can easily remove this tab.

The elaborate and magnificent scabbard is a genuine show-stopper. It's made of wood and bound in burgundy leather, with brass mounts inspired by ancient artifacts. While the chape's design (V-shaped, with narrow horizontal band and half-round button finial) is understated, the locket, on the other hand, is lavishly embellished with tin-plated elements. Cut-out/pierced and etched motifs of a helmeted figure in full regalia can be found on each of the two iconographic plates attached to the observe side of the throat. The upper panel depicts a warrior standing between two standards on foot, while the lower panel depicts a similar warrior riding a two-horse chariot or biga. The bearer can carry his gladius in classic Roman form thanks to two sets of cast brass carrying rings on either side of the scabbard's locket.

Because this Pompeii-style gladius has blunt edges but a sharp point, it is best used for living history rather than contact re-enactment (fighting). This finely designed sword, when paired with real clothes and armour, is the ideal costume component for any higher-ranking legionary. Aside from re-enactment, it's also a superb collectable and display item for any Roman history buff.

  • Material: EN45 high carbon steel blade, bone grip, wooden guard and pommel, brass top nut and guard inlay
  • Overall length: approx. 68.8 cm
  • Blade length: approx. 48.8 cm
  • Blade width: approx. 5 cm
  • Handle length: approx. 20 cm (grip approx. 9 cm)
  • Weight (without scabbard): approx. 710 g
  • Incl. scabbard with wooden core, genuine stitched leather cover and brass fittings
General Specifications
Material EN45 high carbon steel blade, bone grip, wooden guard and pommel, brass top nut and guard inlay
Length 68.8 cm
Scabbard Yes
Sharp No
Blade Size 48.8 cm
Weight 0.8 Kgs

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  • Stock: Shipping: 1-2 Weeks
  • Model: 91877
  • Weight: 1.20kg
Ex Tax: 107.43€
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