The Wallace Collection

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Two-handed sword
  • Two-handed sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy and Germany
  • c. 1530
  • Iron or steel, leather, gold and steel, etched, chiselled and gilded
  • Length: 122 cm, blade
    Length: 42.2 cm, grip
    Length: 42.5 cm, quillons
    Length: 12 cm, ricasso
    Width: 4.5 cm
    Weight: 3.01 kg
  • Incised mark: Running wolf
  • A472
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Two-handed sword, the spherical pommel chiseled with acanthus leaves; tapering wooden grip of octagonal section bound with black leather, and with mounts of gilt steel at either end; straight guard of baluster form decorated with acanthus leaves chiseled and gilt, and ending in knobs like the pommel; side-rings similarly worked; the two-edged blade of hexagonal section with shallow central hollow; strong ricasso and side lugs, richly decorated with a Renaissance ornament of vases and scrolls of foliage, etched and gilt, continued along the blade and incorporating three human heads, the last one crowned. The etching on the blade has been partly reworked.