The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Blade probably Germany, hilt probably North Italy
  • 1540 - 1599
    c. 1540 (hilt)
    late 16th century (blade)
  • Iron or steel wood and cord, blued
  • Length: 107 cm, blade and ricasso
    Width: 3 cm
    Weight: 1.145 kg
  • Maker's mark
    Stamp: A cross
  • A536
  • Not on display
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Further Reading
  • Sword, the blued hilt made up of a faceted, bun-shaped pommel; oval, cord-bound grip; diagonally re-curved crossguard, of diamond section, with pyramidal knobs; two side-rings of flat triangular section, hilt arms and transverse bars at the back; stiff tapering blade of diamond section, grooved at the forte and stamped with a maker's mark on either side; tapering ricasso stamped with a slightly larger cross on each side.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 112, pI. 1. The riband-like shape, and the side-rings with cusped centres, resemble the Saxon type of hilt, cf. A506. A similar hilt is depicted in a portrait of an unknown young man about 1548-53, attributed to Francesco Salviati, in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (no. 58.14).