The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Longsword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • early 17th century, c. 1540-50 and third quarter 16th century (pommel)
    c 1540 - 1550 (guards (German))
    third quarter 16th century (blade)
  • Iron or steel, partly blackened
  • Length: 92.1 cm
    Width: 3.5 cm
    Weight: 1.8 kg
  • Maker's mark
    Stamp: Two series of twelve stars and twelve circles
  • A487
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Longsword, a composite of parts from several different periods. The hilt, originally russeted, is now partly blackened. Seventeenth-century pommel of trilobate form suggesting a fleur-de-lys; wire-bound grip (modern); horizontally recurved crossguard of rectangular section with button; solid shell-guard curved towards the hilt, fluted and pierced with two holes, and side-ring on the other side; all parts of the guard date from c. 1540-50. Single-edged blade, of triangular section (except at the point), dating from the third quarter of the sixteenth century, doubly fullered along the whole length; it is stamped on one side with a maker's mark and two series of twelve stars and twelve circles; strong ricasso. The blade has the appearance of having been cut down and repointed.