The broadsword (in Hungarian pallos) is a cold edged weapon used for cutting and thrusting; a weapon with a long straight and wide blade and a massive handguard, consisting of a bowl and a few bails.
In Western Europe broadswords were appeared as a type of cavalry cold arms in the first half of the seventeenth century, when regular cavalry troops were organized.
After 1882 broadswords were remained as part of city and parade uniforms in a few troops only.
Today in Russia broadswords are basically navy weapons of honor. Modern collection items are as a rule award and gift weapons, given to people who have devoted their lives to the navy.