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Horseman's sword
  • Horseman's sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Blade- Germany, hilt- North Europe
  • 1630 - 1680
    c. 1630 (hilt)
    c. 1680 (blade)
  • Iron, steel and silver, etched and chiselled
  • Length: 105.4 cm
    Width: 4.1 cm
    Weight: 1.06 kg
  • Incised mark: Trophies of arms Etched
  • A522
  • European Armoury III
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  • Horseman’s sword, the hilt made up of a flattened rhombodial pommel, of rectangular section; wire-bound grip of herring-bone pattern (modern); crossguard curved alternately upwards and downwards, of flattened section widening at the ends; double side-rings enclosing shells pierced with a trellis of quatrefoils, stars, and circles (the larger shell is a restoration), on the inside of the smaller is a heart-shaped thumb-ring; the right (outer) side of the pommel and guards is broadly encrusted with silver foliage roughly chiseled.

    Broad, flat, double-edged blade, tapering with a single fuller at the forte where it is etched with trophies of arms.

    This type of hilt is discussed by H. Seitz, Fataburen, 1946, pp. 93-112.
    A ring for the thumb, instead of for the index finger, will also be found upon the swords A523 and A526.