The Wallace Collection

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Sword
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1560 - c. 1600
  • Iron, steel, wood and fish-skin, blued
  • Length: 105.5 cm
    Width: 3.5 cm
    Weight: 1.57 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A535
  • European Armoury I
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  • Sword, the blued hilt, closely resembling that of A531 and A534, composed of a spherical pommel with button; oval grip bound with fish-skin; horizontally re-curved crossguard, round in section, swelling into knobs at the ends; side-rings, hilt arms and three transverse bars at the back, and ring-guard; single-edged blade (which may not belong to the hilt) of triangular section changing to hexagonal towards the point, doubly fullered and stamped with the maker's marks; grooved ricasso. The blade resembles that of A489.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 114. The significance of the so-called 'sickle' mark was debated in a series of articles in Z.H.W.K. , II, 27, 75, 151, 217, 270, 300, 355, and VIII, 71. Sometimes it is found associated with the words 'Fringia', 'Ferara' and 'Genoa'. It also occurs on swords of Teutonic and Hungarian type, and it is possible that it was used by more than one place of manufacture.

    Compare A715 in the Wallace Collection, and also Royal Armouries IX. 8 (two-handed sword), IX. 150 (cinquedea); Musée de l' Armée J 34; Museo Stibbert, 2165; Graz (sabres), pl. XXIV, 5 and 6; Turin, G 27; Dresden. J 51 and 120; numerous examples are in the Hermitage and in the German Historical Museum, Berlin. This mark is sometimes found on bills, cf. A930, and on the European blades of weapons mounted in the East. It also occurs on the blade of the mourning sword of the Lord Mayor of London.

    The other mark is also a frequent one, cf. Museo Stibbert, No. 2700; Hermitage (Lenz, p. 127); and Dresden (Ehrenthal, P. 8, No. 30). See also Z.H.W.K., II, p. 27, etc. Provenance: Possibly from Schloss Ambras in Tyrol.