The Oakeshott Institute

The Oakeshott Institute Exploring the history of medieval and renaissance arms and armor. Check us out at www.oakeshott.org The Oakeshott Institute was founded by Ewart Oakeshott and his wife Sybil Marshall with the purpose of furthering research and education in the field of ancient arms and armor.

Ewart's life long study of weapons and armor helped revolutionize our understanding of Medieval culture. He loved sharing his knowledge in this field and combined with the commitment to education Sybil and he shared inspired a desire for their work to continue into the future. Thus The Oakeshott Institute a 501c(3) nonprofit education and research Institute was formed, with the objective of suppor

Ewart's life long study of weapons and armor helped revolutionize our understanding of Medieval culture. He loved sharing his knowledge in this field and combined with the commitment to education Sybil and he shared inspired a desire for their work to continue into the future. Thus The Oakeshott Institute a 501c(3) nonprofit education and research Institute was formed, with the objective of suppor

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Here is the free recording of our recent lecture on 3D modeling work by Dale Utt a Fellow of The Oakeshott Institute and...
06/18/2021
A Sword in the Digital Hand - The Oakeshott Institute

Here is the free recording of our recent lecture on 3D modeling work by Dale Utt a Fellow of The Oakeshott Institute and our work to bring this unique way to the outreach and education work we do with our collection. It also looks cool in Skyrim :-)

Join us for a free recording of our presentation about the ongoing 3D research at the Oakeshott Institute. From academic research to swords in video games, we’ll take a look at the various ways the Oakeshott Institute is utilizing 3D models to bring the collection in to the digital age. The talk c...

Hi everyone! The Oakeshott Institute and Center for Early Modern History at UMN are partnering on an online event tomorr...
03/25/2021
Born for the Saber

Hi everyone! The Oakeshott Institute and Center for Early Modern History at UMN are partnering on an online event tomorrow, Friday March 26 at 11:30 am CST. It is free and open to anyone! See below for more information, but if you like swords, you'll like this 🙂 Register at the Zoom webinar link below.
"From Szabla to Saber: the Polish Saber, its History, and Impact on Swords East and West"
Abstract:
Bartosz Sieniawski is a lifelong Sport and HEMA fencer, and a scholar of HEMA who has broken ground in the study and practice of the Polish Saber of the 16th-18th centuries. He is the author of “The Saber’s Many Travels (The Origin of the Cross-Cutting Art),” a pioneering English article on the development of the saber in Poland and beyond (https://hroarr.com/.../the-sabers-many-travels-the.../). Likewise, Bartosz recently starred in a film that has become viral among HEMA fans, Born for the Saber (Pol. Zrodzeni do Szabli), the trailer for which can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMSCmsA6fwc. At present, Bartosz is preparing a new article in Polish, then in English, concerning the source materials for the study of Polish saber of the Commonwealth period and beyond.
The Oakeshott institute is thrilled to host Bartosz for our event in March. We will discuss the Polish saber and its use, the ways in which it has become an icon, its history, and the present study of Polish sabers. Our event will feature a pre-recorded discussion and live Q&A session.
https://umn.zoom.us/.../register/WN_ZJ4onYz3SQ2NRd1mqTOKag

Born for the Saber is a Docudrama about honor, courage and war, seen through the eyes of a young Polish noble and knight.

Check out the Moonbrand model in 3D from our collection. It was picked as a staff pick by Sketchfab! Great job Dale Ute ...
01/22/2021

Check out the Moonbrand model in 3D from our collection. It was picked as a staff pick by Sketchfab! Great job Dale Ute III!

New Staff Pick, free to download: Moonbrand (Early 14th C Arming Sword) by The Oakeshott Institute. Check it out in #3D, #AR or #VR: https://bit.ly/38Fyn9W

This evening, 1/13/21 at 7pm Central Time, Dr. Nathan Clough of Arms and Armor and The Oakeshott Institute will be givin...
01/06/2021
Ewart Oakeshott, his legacy, and the Oakeshott Institute | Capital Kunst des Fechtens | TidyHQ

This evening, 1/13/21 at 7pm Central Time, Dr. Nathan Clough of Arms and Armor and The Oakeshott Institute will be giving a virtual lecture and presentation to the Capital KDF HEMA group. Here is the link: https://ckdf.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/32505-ewart-oakeshott-his-legacy-and-the-oakeshott-institute?fbclid=IwAR1xp2yiujlMX_aJjXCEAOun812DWwct53NoCb6gT87UJBHFoHy_Sx8nZcE

Dr. Nathan Clough is a former university professor of political geography who left the academy to pursue a love of swords. He is a historical martial artists, a member of the governing board of the Oakeshott Institute and the Vice President of Arms and Armor Inc. He has given lectures on historical....

Here is some of the work Hurstwic is doing on early iron production in Iceland.
10/22/2020
Gene Winter Chapter Presents: Dr. William Short

Here is some of the work Hurstwic is doing on early iron production in Iceland.

Iron was essential to the success of the Vikings and was used in their weapons, for the rivets of their sailing ships, and in their cookware and tools. Archa...

06/18/2020
Higgins Armory Collection

Our great friends at The Higgins Armory Museum have reconstituted in a digital presence! Check it out.

Today we’re delighted to share the first in a series of mini videos on the Higgins Collection. Since 1927, the Pembroke Armor has been one of the foremost jewels in the Higgins crown!

Three-Quarter Field Armor, possibly for Henry Herbert, second Earl of Pembroke, Northern Italy, Milan. 1560–1570. steel (once blued) with gilding, brass, iron, with modern leather. The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection. 2014.12

#worcesterartmuseum #higginsarmory #armsandarmor #higginsarmorymuseum #metalworking #armor

Craving more history events you can access from home? Check out the Oakeshott Institute's 2020 first quarter lecture, "W...
05/12/2020
"Weapons, Wounds, and Warfare" — Oakeshott Institute 2020 Lecture Series, Quarter 1

Craving more history events you can access from home? Check out the Oakeshott Institute's 2020 first quarter lecture, "Weapons, Wounds, and Warfare in the Middle Ages and Renaissance." And stay tuned for more digital content coming soon!

At the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403, a then 16-year-old prince Henry took an arrow to the face that plunged 6 inches into his head. In a feat of surgical exp...

Interesting article and find. Helmet is truly impressive.
03/06/2020
Arms and the man - Current Archaeology

Interesting article and find. Helmet is truly impressive.

Over 2,000 years ago, in what today is West Sussex but at the time lay within the territory of the Iron Age Regni tribe, an elaborate funeral was taking place. The man being laid to rest was an important and seemingly well-respected individual, with his mourners sending him to the grave accompanied....

Lost a friend today.
01/22/2020

Lost a friend today.

01/16/2020
Milanese Rapier - 3D model by The Oakeshott Institute [b6a8732] - Sketchfab

Hey sword folks. Take a look at the new Oakeshott Institute model of a 16th century Italian rapier. This thing is beautiful, and a hefty reminder that rapiers were not mostly 'light and agile' weapons. This model, as all of the collection, was made by Dale Alan Utt III, rocket scientist, sword-fighter, international man of antiquity documentation.

https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/milanese-rapier-b6a87326689545728e1725c62693a9a2

1560-1580 Northern Italian Private Collection A rapier with Norman Type 72 hilt composed of a mushroom shaped pommel chased with vertical ribs and grooves. The grip is finely wound in twisted wire over an oval base with two groves in the face aligned with the flat of the blade. The thick ricasso is....

Some of our collection in a discussion about hexagonal sword blades on the A&A Inc. Blog.
01/10/2020
Swords with a hexagonal blade section.

Some of our collection in a discussion about hexagonal sword blades on the A&A Inc. Blog.

Swords with a hexagonal blade section seem to get little attention these days. Maybe it's because so many cheap

2019 Masquerade Ball
12/28/2019

2019 Masquerade Ball

This is a great cause to do some swordplay to support! Plus we will be there to say "Hi" and talk swords.
11/29/2019
Black & Blue Friday

This is a great cause to do some swordplay to support! Plus we will be there to say "Hi" and talk swords.

Black and Blue Friday What is it? We are proud to host another year of Black and Blue Friday! This celebration of fencing supports charities in our broader community. Starting at 9am at the Center...

11/22/2019
Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning

This is particularly interesting find and amazing technology.

Check it out! One of our georadars has detected traces of a ship burial and a settlement that probably dates to the Merovingian or Viking Period at Edøy on behalf of Møre and Romsdal County in Norway.

Hello friends. We invite you  to join us on the day after Thanksgiving we will be supporting Black and Blue Friday, a fu...
11/21/2019
Black & Blue Friday

Hello friends. We invite you to join us on the day after Thanksgiving we will be supporting Black and Blue Friday, a fundraiser for impoverished families held at the Center for Blade Arts. The Oakeshott Institute will do a presentation and Arms and Armor will have some swords for sale. Stop on by, do some fencing and a little shopping, and contribute to a good cause.

Black and Blue Friday What is it? A celebration of fencing in support of the broader community. Starting at 9 am at the Center for Blade Arts on November 29th. There will be coffee available...

Here is an excellent example of great people doing solid research with all the knowledge available. No hype just great, ...
08/30/2019
MEDIEVAL MYTH BUSTING - Arrows vs Armour

Here is an excellent example of great people doing solid research with all the knowledge available. No hype just great, thoughtful exploration. Better than almost everything on TV.

What happens when a 160lbs ENGLISH LONGBOW shoots FULL WEIGHT MEDIEVAL ARROWS at properly Reproduced MEDIEVAL ARMOUR? The English longbow is laden with myth;...

A Longsword, a Rapier and a Basket hilt walk into The Oakeshott Institute... ;-) Just a reminder we will have a lecture ...
05/30/2019

A Longsword, a Rapier and a Basket hilt walk into The Oakeshott Institute... ;-) Just a reminder we will have a lecture this Saturday at 5 to 6pm. Free to members or 20.00 at the door. A detailed look at a German longsword from the 15th C, an early Rapier from the 16th C and handsome Basket hilt from the 17thC and what they can tell us about their past!

more details here https://www.facebook.com/events/866255973707745/

We had a great time at the American Swedish Institute Family Day on Sunday, thanks for all the friends who stopped to sa...
05/20/2019

We had a great time at the American Swedish Institute Family Day on Sunday, thanks for all the friends who stopped to say hi and all the new friends we made. Also big thanks to ASI for the great event and Tim Jorgensen for the great work organizing. If you have a chance between now and Oct get in to see the Viking Exhibit.

Visit our table tomorrow at the American Swedish Institute Family Day Event. Check out some of our nordic artifacts at t...
05/18/2019

Visit our table tomorrow at the American Swedish Institute Family Day Event. Check out some of our nordic artifacts at the table and explore the exceptional pieces from Valsgärde on display at the Institute. We look forward to seeing you!

Our newest 3D model is up! This is a very nice silver Boathilt Smallsword.
04/16/2019
Boathilt Smallsword | The Oakeshott Institute on Patreon

Our newest 3D model is up! This is a very nice silver Boathilt Smallsword.

Official Post from The Oakeshott Institute: OC28A silver boat hilt of Norman type 113 guard mounted on a Solingen blade. The Boat hilt style was one of the later forms of the smallsword. It was used as a military as well as civilian sword, the details of the decoration often hinting at the owners oc...

Notice the extreme foreshortening of the swords. This is one of the hurdles when doing research from photos. All of thes...
04/03/2019

Notice the extreme foreshortening of the swords. This is one of the hurdles when doing research from photos. All of these swords where the same length.

The original Schloss Erbach sword (last quarter, 15th century) from The Oakeshott Institute, the reproduction from Arms & Armor Inc., and the knockoff of the A&A from Windlass Steelcrafts. (The third one is mine, and I ground the tip off to make it safer for sharp fencing.)

Fascinating side-by-side comparison. I feel a bit treasonous saying so, but the A&A actually feels a bit nicer than the original. Also, the perspective here is odd, so let me add that all three swords are of comparable length and blade width.

Longpoint 2019, #backToThePoint

Bringing history to life at Lake & Legends Brewery, Brew and Beers a great success!
03/16/2019

Bringing history to life at Lake & Legends Brewery, Brew and Beers a great success!

03/10/2019

Norling Workshop update
The schedule on 3/10/19 Sunday is
1:30-6:00 pm at CBA
7:30-9:30 Lecture at The Oakeshott Institute

For some reason fb will not let us adjust to the correct time on event page.

Also remember is Daylight Savings time change tonight.

We are looking forward to seeing you all this weekend. Our events are listed below and there are a few spots left if you...
03/08/2019

We are looking forward to seeing you all this weekend. Our events are listed below and there are a few spots left if you want to sign up for the sword workshops. The lectures will be pay at the door if you are not doing the sword work. Any weather related news will be posted here.

Saturday, March 9, 2019- 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Workshop at the Center for Blade Arts:
Moving like Meyer -- Longsword

Saturday, March 9, 2019- 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Lecture at the Oakeshott Institute: STUDYING THE ARTWORK OF JOACHIM MEYER’S FENCING TREATISE OF 1570
Suggested donation 20.00 dollars at the door.

Sunday, March 10, 2019- 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Workshop at the Center for Blade Arts: JOACHIM MEŸER – THE DUSSACK AND DAGGER

Sunday, March 10, 2019- 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Lecture at the Oakeshott Institute: RESEARCH METHODS AND TOOLS FOR UNDERSTANDING COMBAT MANUALS
Suggested donation 20.00 dollars at the door.

Center for Blade Arts
4744 Chicago Ave. South
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Parking in lot next to building and street.

The Oakeshott Institute
1101 Stinson Blvd NE
Minneapolis MN 55413
Street Parking.

03/07/2019

Hey sword friends. This evening the Oakeshott Institute and Roger Norling are going to happy hour and dinner at Pat's tap in Minneapolis. We will get there around 5:30 and be hanging out for a couple of hours. This is just an unofficial activity, and time to socialize. Feel free to drop by and have a drink with us.

We have added a new model to our growing catalog of 3D models of historic swords!Check out a mid 18th C. 5 Ball Spadroon...
03/06/2019

We have added a new model to our growing catalog of 3D models of historic swords!
Check out a mid 18th C. 5 Ball Spadroon. We have enhanced our models and added some new features to allow measurements. We will continue to improve our models with features for interpretation of the items in the fullest way possible. We invite you to support our work through telling your friends and checking out opportunities for membership and patronage on our The Oakeshott Institute and project page at https://www.patreon.com/oakeshott

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The gifting seasons are approaching. A couple of questions: 1) Does the Oakeshott Institute take donations? 2) Are those donations tax deductible? 3) How do we donate? 4) How do we get tax deductible paper work, if applicable?
Updates from the road! Oakeshott Fellows arrived in Leeds today to visit the Royal Armouries as part of a research tour of the UK! And tomorrow is on to presenting at the Leeds International Medieval Congress.
I will be in TN after the 2nd of Jan.
Hello! Lost near your location! (just off of E. Hennepin) Would you kindly share this flyer, with your staff and members? This guy is new to the area and not even familiar with snow. Any assistance would be so greatly appreciated! Thank you!! Sincerely, Vicki Nason - Volunteer