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Guilderland Historical Society


Village Blacksmith

John Ackner shows Alice Begley a sword.

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John Ackner shows Alice Begley a sword.
The sword in this photo had a German or English steel blade. They were known for the quality of their steel making, which was flexible and highly engraved. The handle was made from wrought iron and was called a "basket cage" handle because it protected the user's hand. The basket cage attached to this sword is probably from a 17th century Scottish iron worker/blacksmith.
Posted on March 21, 2012 Slideshow