The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • probably c. 1560 - c. 1575
  • Iron or steel and copper, blackened, chiselled and engraved
  • Length: 113.4 cm
    Length: 96.7 cm, blade
    Weight: 1.18 kg
    Width: 3.1 cm, blade at guard above the ricasso
    Balance point: 9.8 cm, forwrd of the guard block
  • A518
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Sword, the hilt composed of an inverted, fig-shaped pommel, chiselled with flutes and ending in a button; baluster-shaped grip of steel, of octagonal section bound with plaited copper wire (modern); crossguard, curved towards the point, deeply fluted and ending in balls chiseled with classical egg-ornament, which also appears on the escutcheon; large side-ring, decorated en suite, with a smaller ball in the centre. All the mounts are blackened steel. The blade is straight, double-edged, of diamond section, with strong, rectangular ricasso bounded with engraved lines.

    The pommel is of the right period, but, since it does not match the guard, is probably associated.