The Wallace Collection

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Sword
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany, possibly
  • c. 1525
  • Iron or steel and copper
  • Length: 91.7 cm
    Width: 3.5 cm
    Diameter: 4.5 cm, pommel
    Weight: 1.405 kg
  • Maker's mark 23cm from hilt
  • A467
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Arming sword, the hilt having a heavy wheel pommel with flat faces and a chamfered rim; horizontally re-curved guard, circular in section and widening at the ends; leather bound grip (modern). The double-edged blade is of flat diamond section, stiff and tapering. There is a maker's mark on both faces, one akin to that used by the Munich swordsmiths Christoph I and II Stantler (see A470). Viollet-le-Duc's ascription to Verdun was probably suggested by the resemblance of the mark to the double cross of Lorraine.This may be one of a group of swords belonging to the Emperor Charles V represented in the Inventario Illuminado, the picture inventory of the Imperial Armoury prepared about 1554. A comparable hilt is illustrated in a painting of St. Maurice, Swabian School, about 1525 (Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, No. 286).