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  • Sword
  • Attributed to Melchior Diefstetter (died before 1556)
  • Munich, Germany
  • c. 1560 - c. 1600
  • Iron, steel, wood and fish-skin, blued
  • Length: 106.6 cm
    Width: 3.6 cm
    Weight: 1.825 kg
  • Marks: Crossed flails and shield lozengy
  • A534
  • European Armoury I
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  • Sword, the blued hilt resembling in many respects that of A531. It is composed of a spherical pommel with button, four-sided, oval grip swelling in the middle, bound with fish-skin; horizontally re-curved crossguard, round in section, swelling into knobs at the ends: side-rings, hilt-arms, and triple transverse bars at the back and thumb-rings like A531 and A535; double-edged blade of hexagonal section, changing to bi-convex towards the point, and stamped with the maker's marks on both sides; fullered ricasso. These marks have been attributed by Dr. Hans Stöcklein to Melchior (Melchart) Diefstetter, the Munich bladesmith (see Z.H.W.K., Band 8, Heft 12, pp. 370-85). The swords A480-1 both bear similar marks.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 114. Swords bearing the marks of the crossed flails and the shield lozengy are to be found, among other places, at Turin (Armeria Reale, G 16), at the Hermitage, St. Petersburg (B 402), and at Vienna (Boeheim, Album I, taf. XI, 2, who suggested that the crossed-flails might be an old Solingen mark, the shield lozengy pointing to Bavaria).

    This sword may come from Schloss Ambras in Austria.