The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 15th-16th and 19th centuries (blade (German))
    19th century (hilt)
  • Iron, steel, gold, bronze and shark-skin
  • Length: 80.3 cm
    Width: 4.7 cm
    Weight: 1.24 kg
  • Maker's mark: Running wolf
    Incised mark: Faint signs
  • A497
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Arming sword, the modern hilt made of gilt bronze and made up of a pommel in the form of a grotesque human mask ending in acanthus leaves, expressing Joy on one side, and sorrow on the other. Crossguard of oblong section, which are curved towards the point, of gilt bronze decorated with acanthus leaves, exactly resembling those of A495, extended over the blade, and have a raised decoration of acanthus leaves. Modern grip covered with shark-skin. The blade is double-edged, bevelled with a shallow central fuller. It bears the running-wolf mark and other faint signs on both faces.

    The bronze guard resemble those of A495 so closely that they are probably cast from the same mould. Another modern sword with precisely the same guard and pommel, again probably cast from the same mould, is in the Felix Joubert collection, now in the Musée Masséna, Nice.