The Wallace Collection

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  • Longsword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1590
  • Iron or steel, gold and silver, counterfeit-damascened, silvered and chiselled
  • Length: 97.2 cm
    Width: 4.5 cm
    Weight: 1.55 kg
  • A530
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Longsword, the hilt closely resembling that of A529, although the chiselling is of lesser quality. Note that the pommel is turned around and has retained a considerable amount of silver plating, as have the guards. The tooling in places is particularly sharp, and overall the hilt has been well preserved. The gold decoration on the inner guards, which has been overlaid rather than inlaid, is almost undamaged. The grip is vertically moulded, bound with wire chains.

    The broad, double-edged blade is of flattened hexagonal section, with a central fuller, and decorated at the forte with traces of scroll-work overlaid in gold; short ricasso. The blade is longer than that of A529, has been considerably corroded.