The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Longsword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy or Spain
  • c. 1540
  • Iron and steel, blackened
  • Length: 115 cm
    Length: 24.1 cm, quillons to button
    Width: 3.9 cm
    Weight: 1.62 kg
  • Inscription: 'IN TE DOMINE SPERAVIT' terminated by a cross
    Incised mark: 'XX'
  • A493
  • European Armoury I
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  • Longsword, the blackened hilt made up of a fig-shaped pommel, with button; straight crossguard of circular section swelling slightly at the ends; simple side-ring on either side. Fluted, wire bound grip. The blade of flattened hexagonal section, is fullered and incised with lines and inscribed;-


    (‘He trusted in Thee, o Lord’) terminated by a cross. On one side of the ricasso occur the Roman numerals XX, and as the Windsor example (see below) bears the number XII (engraved on the inner face of the ring-guard); it is possible that there was once a series of these swords in the arsenal of Valetta.

    This sword and A494 are similar in all respects to one in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle (no. 44 in the catalogue of 1904). The Windsor sword was given to King George III in 1821 by General Pigot, and came from the Armoury of the Knights of St. John in the Palace at Valetta, Malta. A fourth sword of exactly similar type is still in the Arsenal there; it has a fluted grip of dark wood (unbound) and a fluted pommel (Laking, Malta Catalogue, No. 440, p. 44, Pl. VIII). All these swords bear the same inscription. Another example is in the Royal Armouries (no. IX.21).