The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Longsword
  • Longsword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany or Switzerland
  • possibly 2nd quarter of 16th century
  • Iron, steel, wood, cord and leather, blackened
  • Length: 99.8 cm
    Width: 5 cm
    Weight: 2.17 kg
  • Maker's mark: Traces of a mark (fleur-de-lys)
  • A482
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Longsword, the blackened hilt made up of a fig-shaped pommel; shouldered grip of wood corded, leather bound, and of oval section tapering towards the pommel; horizontally recurved guard of circular section terminating in blunted fig-shaped knobs; knuckle guard (which is secured by a fluted ring half-way up the grip, an unusual feature), and pierced; rosette shaped shell-guards on either side; broad, double-edged blade of hexagonal section with ricasso and traces of a maker's mark (a fleur-de-lys) on either side.

    Compare the mark of a fleur-de-lys on A474.