The Wallace Collection

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Longsword
  • Longsword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1500 - c. 1525
  • Iron, steel, wood and cord
  • Length: 79.5 cm
    Width: 6.6 cm
    Weight: 1.54 kg
  • Maker's mark: Orb and cross between two spots
  • A479
  • European Armoury I
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  • Longsword, the hilt comprised of a fig-shaped pommel spirally fluted ('writhen') and gadrooned; shouldered wooden grip bound with cord; slightly forward-curving guard, flat and widening at the ends, decorated with roping on the left side and bordered with lines on the other; a side-ring chased with baluster ornament in the middle and ending in grotesque heads, is applied to the guard on the left or outer side; on the other side a semi-pas d' âne connected by a slanting ring. Broad, two-edged blade stiff, tapering, of diamond section with hollow faces, and bearing the maker's mark on each side.

    Two Landsknecht swords at Dresden (A155-6) bear a similar mark of an orb and cross between two spots.