The Wallace Collection

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Longsword
  • Longsword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany, the blade possibly Passau
  • c. 1590
  • Iron, steel, gold and copper alloy, chiselled, ovelaid and gilded
  • Length: 89 cm
    Width: 5 cm
    Weight: 1.7 kg
  • Incised mark: Running wolf Inlaid in copper
  • A529
  • European Armoury II
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  • Longsword, the hilt composed of a large, round, pear-shaped pommel with button; oval, wire bound grip swelling in the centre (modern); straight crossguard, oblong in section, slightly bent, with strawberry-shaped knobs at the ends; two-side-rings, hilt-arms, and two transverse bars on the right side. The entire hilt (except the thumb guard) is richly decorated with strawberry leaves and scroll-work in high relief, chiseled and gilt, the pommel and side-rings have cartouches enclosing trophies of Roman armour; the inner sides of the guards are overlaid with gold scroll-work. Broad, double-edged blade of flat, hexagonal section with a central fuller, inlaid in copper with the wolf mark; short ricasso. Compare the very similar hilt of sword, A530.