The Wallace Collection

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  • Longsword
  • Ulrich Diefstetter (active between: 1555 - 1589)
  • Munich, Germany
  • probably c. 1560 - 1580
  • Iron, steel, wood, leather and fish-skin, blackened
  • Length: 104.3 cm
    Width: 3.3 cm
    Weight: 1.6 kg
  • Inscription: 'IN·MANACI·ME·FECIT'
    Maker's mark: Shield
  • A481
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Longsword, the blackened hilt comprised of an onion-shaped pommel; shouldered grip of wood bound with fish-skin and leather; long straight guard with spatulate terminals ; double side-rings, finger and thumb guards, all of flattened oval section. Double-edged blade of hexagonal section, with a single short fuller eminating from the hilt and inscribed:


    The strong ricasso bears the marks of Melchior Diefstetter. The swords A480 and 534 carry similar marks.

    This sword possibly comes from Schloss Ambras near Innsbruck in Austria, where a considerable number of comparable swords survive.