The Wallace Collection

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Sword
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany, possibly Solingen
  • c. 1620
  • Steel, blackened and chiselled
  • Length: 100 cm
    Width: 2.2 cm
    Weight: 1.03 kg
  • Inscription: 'IN VALENCIA'
    Incised mark: 'S'
  • A546
  • European Armoury II
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  • Sword, the hilt made up of an elongated oviform pommel with button, decorated in relief with a crude head in profile on each side; diagonally wire-bound grip; diagonally curved crossguard, alternately up and down, with slight horizontal recurve ending in chiselled, conventional heads; double side-rings swelling in the middle where they are chiselled with crude two-tailed mermaids; hilt-arms and small loop on the reverse side bent at right angles. The entire hilt, except the grip, is of blackened steel decorated with masks and scrollwork roughly chiselled the blade of hexagonal section is much worn, with the single groove at the forte inscribed on both side:–

    IN VALENCIA

    Short, thick ricasso with the letter S faintly incised on each side of the groove.
    The inscription 'in Valencia' is not necessarily an indication of the city of that name in Spain.