The Wallace Collection

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  • Sword
  • Clement Horn (born 1580)
  • Hilt- Netherlands, blade- Solingen, Germany
  • c. 1610
  • Iron and steel
  • Length: 73 cm
    Width: 5 cm
    Weight: 0.92 kg
  • Maker's mark: Unicorn's head Clemens Horn of Solingen
  • A539
  • European Armoury II
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  • Sword, the hilt made up of a flat oviform pommel with button; oval, wire-bound grip (modern); 'crab-claw' guard curving strongly downwards enclosing the hilt-arms, the latter ending in square knobs; tapering, broad, double-edged blade of diamond section with a strong ricasso, narrow within the hilt-arms, stamped twice on each side with a unicorn's head, the mark of Clemens Horn of Solingen.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 80. For numerous instances of Clemens Horn's mark, see A511. The experimental targeteers of Prince Maurice of Orange carried swords of this type (see Adam van Breen, De Nassav' sche Wapen Handelinge, The Hague 1618).