The Wallace Collection

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Horseman's sword
  • Horseman's sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Europe
  • 1630 - 1899
    c. 1630 (hilt)
    possibly 19th century (blade)
  • Iron or steel and chiselled
  • Length: 102.8 cm
    Width: 3 cm
    Weight: 0.88 kg
  • A523
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Horseman’s sword, the hilt made up of a spherical pommel decorated with scrolls resembling fleurs-de-lys, roughly chiselled in low relief, and with flat button; the pommel is pierced for a knuckle-guard and is in any case of the wrong type for this type of hilt; vertically fluted, wire-bound grip, the wire of unusual fineness; crossguard of oval section curved alternately upwards and downwards with scrolled ends; double side-rings enclosing pierced shells, the sides incised with rough ornamentation on the front, and furnished with a ring for the thumb behind the guard.

    The double-edged blade is of diamond section fluted with triple hollow fullers extending to the point.

    A thumb ring, instead of one for the index finger, also occurs on the swords A522 and A526.