The Wallace Collection

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Longsword
  • Longsword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • probably 3rd quarter of 16th century
  • Iron, steel, fish-skin and copper alloy, blued
  • Length: 100 cm
    Width: 3.6 cm
    Weight: 1.56 kg
  • Incised mark: Running wolf Inlaid in brass
  • A485
  • European Armoury I
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  • Longsword, having a blued hilt similar to A480 and A483, composed of a cone-shaped pommel of flattened octagonal section; oval grip bound with fish-skin; straight crossguard with spatulate terminals; knuckle-guard, side-rings, counter-guard and hilt-arms connected to form a forward cage; all are riband-shaped and triangular in section; the double-edged blade of flattened hexagonal section, trebly fullered towards the hilt, with a strong ricasso, and bearing the running-wolf mark on one side, inlaid in copper alloy.

    The hilt was originally exactly like that of A483, but the guard outside the hand has been broken and its end filed down.