Irish Short Sword
The Gallowglass (from Irish: gall óglaigh meaning foreign warriors) were a class of elite mercenary fighters who gained prominence in Ireland during the 15th century. Originally Scots who were dispossessed of their lands, they later settled in Ireland and became a significant part of the Irish Infantry. They were often used by Irish chieftains as bodyguards or personal aids.
The short sword was the perfect weapon to use in close combat battles, as they were lighter and easier to handle than their large claymores, and could be easily drawn in tight spaces. This style of short sword has the significant hollow ring pommel and ‘E’ accents that are only found on swords of Irish origin.
This is very similar to our ‘Gallowglass Sword’, although much smaller in length.