The Wallace Collection

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  • Longsword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1580 (hilt)
    14th century (blade)
  • Iron or steel, copper, cord and leather, blued
  • Length: 95.5 cm
    Width: 5.4 cm
    Weight: 2.05 kg
  • Maker's mark: Bell within a shield In copper, 13.8cm from hilt
  • A477
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Longsword, the hilt of blued steel comprised of a pear-shaped pommel, straight guard, round in section, ending in pear-shaped terminals, with a spiral or roped collar; side-ring on either side. The grip is shouldered, bound with cord and covered with leather. The broad, two edged-blade has a shallow fuller running three-quarters of its length. The maker's mark is a bell within a shield, inlaid in copper on both faces 13.8 cm from hilt.

    A sword with the same mark is in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg (Lenz, 1908, B 398). The hilt is very like that of A473.