The Wallace Collection

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Sword
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1270 - c. 1350
  • Iron or steel
  • Length: 74.5 cm
    Width: 5.7 cm
    Weight: 1.45 kg
  • Maker's mark 19.1 cm from the hilt
  • A462
  • European Armoury I
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  • Sword, the hilt having a heavy wheel pommel, the sides formed into flattened cones; slightly curving crossguard oblong in section, being broader horizontally; the grip missing. The blade, which is double-edged with a very thick spine and therefore very stiff, has a flattened diamond section and tapers to a point. There is a maker's mark on both sides. Laking states that this sword was found in France; Ada Bruhn Hoffmeyer, op. cit., Pl. XXVa dated as 1375-1400.

    A sword bearing the same armourer's mark, and similar in workmanship, but one inch longer in the blade, was lent by Baron de Cosson to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1891-3, no. 70, and was later in the collection of Sir Guy Laking. This sword was also found in France.