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Sword
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Germany
  • c. 1560 - c. 1580
  • Iron or steel, linen and blued hilt
  • Length: 106.3 cm
    Width: 2.6 cm
    Weight: 1.6 kg
  • Stamp: '·RR RRR RR·'
    Maker's mark: Orb and cross Stamped twice
  • A552
  • Not on display
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • Sword, the blued hilt made up of a large mushroom pommel; oval grip bound with linen; straight crossguard with spatulate terminals; three connected knuckle-guards composed of flat bands widening at the centres; S-shaped counter-guard; semi- hilt-arms; small-shell, pierced with two hearts, and thumb-guards; blade of bi-convex section, grooved at the forte and stamped:

    ∙RR RRR RR∙

    Trebly fluted ricasso, stamped twice on each side with the maker's mark of an orb and cross.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 71, 151 and 317.

    For this type of hilt with broad guards, compare A483, 485, 528, 536.
    This type of basket-hilt is usually thought of as being purely military, but North German portraits occasionally show them worn with civilian dress.