The spatha is a two-edged sword - it is the highest ranking weapon of its time. The shape changed over the centuries. Classify them is only available on the ornaments of the scabbard and the quillons with pommels. The weapon was led with only one hand.
For wearing the spatha served special sword-belt, which was used only in combat readiness. Otherwise, the belt was wrapped around the scabbard and the spatha was worn as a sign of dignity in the hand. It was also put into the grave this way.
The baldric was subject to constant change. In rich graves of the early Merovingian time special swords were found: Golden-grip-spathas (handle covered with leaf gold, ca 480-520 AD.) And in the following period Spathas with "show sides" on the guard (one side visible cells with gemstone inserts, see Planig).More information
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