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Sword with scabbard
  • Sword with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany, probably Saxony
  • probably 3rd quarter of 16th century
  • Iron, steel, fish-skin, wood, leather and blackened hilt
  • Length: 98.8 cm
    Width: 2.6 cm
    Weight: 1.37 kg
  • Inscription: 'M · A · I · L L · A · N · D'
    Maker's mark: 'S'
  • A528
  • Not on display
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  • Sword, the blackened hilt composed of an octagonal, fig-shaped pommel, oval grip bound with fish-skin, mounted with rings and vertical bars; slightly forward-curving crossguard of triangular section, widening towards the ends; single ring and thumb-guards; a socket, fitting over the locket of the scabbard, is incised with a dotted ornament; the double-edged blade of flattened hexagonal section, is partly grooved, and inscribed:–

    M∙A∙I∙L L∙A∙N∙D

    Short ricasso incised with the letter S, possibly the maker's mark.

    Scabbard of wood bound with black leather slightly tooled; locket (with two rings at the side) and ferrule of blackened iron, the locket decorated with a granulated ornament; part of the leather belt remains.

    The form of the word 'Mailand' for Milan, is German, not Italian. The sword is in a remarkable state of preservation, the blade retaining its original surface and edge (no doubt due to the presence of the scabbard), the hilt showing no signs of rubbing or use. Compare the hilts of A483, 485, 506, 536, 552.