The Wallace Collection

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Longsword
  • 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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  • 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:

    IN MANACI ME FECIT

    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.