German two-hand sword of exceptional length, in the style of circa 1580. The blade both slender and of exceptional length, of flattened diamond section over the upper stage, changing to flattened hexagonal section and cut with a long narrow central fuller, the ricasso heightened with linear-engraved borders and formed with a pair of small down-curved lugs each struck with spurious Nuremberg mark and a circular mark, a profile head, and both sides stamped "O + PETHER + WIRSBERG + O"
Sword for the Knightly foot tournament in the South German style of circa 1490-1500. Period longsword manuals show numerous techniques in which a fighter grips his own blade with one or both hands. This weapon has specialized rectangular sections to make doing so easier.