The Wallace Collection

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Short sword
  • Short sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Spain, possibly
  • c. 1590 - c. 1610
  • Steel, chiselled and blued
  • Length: 69 cm
    Width: 6 cm
    Weight: 1.18 kg
  • Stamp: Crowned 'A'
  • A607
  • European Armoury II
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  • Short-sword, the swept hilt made up of a flattened cylindrical pommel with button; diagonally fluted, wire-bound grip; single, curving quillon of oval section; semi- hilt arm (from which projects at right angles a counter-guard), ring-, loop- and knuckle-guards; the whole of blued steel, the pommel, escutcheon and the ends and centres of the guards decorated with cockle-shells chiselled in low relief; short broad blade of flattened oval section with a double shallow groove, notched at the hilt for the finger stamped on either side with crowned A.

    For a note on hilts ornamented with cockle-shells, see A570. No other example of this type of guard has been recorded at this late date.