The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1570- c. 1600
    c. 1570 (hilt)
    probably c. 1600 (blade)
  • Iron, steel and copper, gilded and chased
  • Length: 83.7 cm
    Width: 2.8 cm
    Weight: 0.76 kg
  • Maker's mark Inlaid in copper on either side
  • A510
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Sword, the hilt made up of a vase-shaped pommel with a button of diamond section; oval wire-bound grip; short straight crossguard terminating in vase-shaped knobs; the pommel is chased with goat's heads, masks and strapwork in relief on a gilt ground, and the guard are similarly ornamented.

    The double-edged blade of flat hexagonal section with a single shallow fuller, and a maker's mark inlaid in copper on either side; short ricasso doubly grooved.

    The tang button is 19th century, the hilt about 1570, and the blade is German, probably about 1600.

    The mark is a common German one, and usually set within a circle. This hilt originally had arms of the hilt, the filed down stumps of which are visible on the guard.