Monday, July 23, 2012

What is a baldric?

Have you ever hear of a baldric or a backadder?

Also spelled bawdrick, bauldrick, or baldrick, this is a belt worn diagonally over the shoulder to hip to hold a weapon, most commonly a sword, or in some case a bugle or a drum.

Baldrics have been around since ancient times and were mostly used in military dress. The baldrick provided the wearer easier access to the weapon and the ability to carry the weapon comfortably. Now in modern day, this belt is mainly used as ceremonial.

Sometimes a baldric would be ornately decorated.


  1. Sarah, you have seriously taught me something I didn't know! Thank you. :)

  2. interesting post Sarah! thanks for sharing

  3. Sorry for not being such a great friend. I missed this post because I've been locked away in my writing cave. I'm so sorry for missing this interesting post. Thanks Sarah and Miriam!