Mortuary Sword

  • The English Civil War
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

A popular Broadsword weapon seen during The English Civil War, these heavy sword/saber blends were designed primarily for cavalry. The blade length was 50-56 inches in some cases and they could range 2 to 3 pounds. Noted for their intricate brass or iron basket hilt, this design incorporated maximum protection coverage to the users hands. The blade tip was semi-blunted and they were normally single-edged (although some models were seen sharpened on both sides!). The term "Mortuary" derived from the practice of engraving the face of Charles I (executed by Rebel Forces), into the roundel of the weapon (if one was a Royalist). This weapon was discontinued around 1670.