The Wallace Collection

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Sword
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Netherlands, probably
  • c. 1635 (hilt)
    c. 1700 (blade)
  • Steel and gold, gilded, etched and chiselled
  • Length: 80.7 cm
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 0.68 kg
  • Incised mark: Orb and cross
  • A673
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • Sword, the hilt composed of a gadrooned, vase-shaped pommel, with button; steel grip of oval section fluted, with leaves at the top and bottom chiselled in low relief; short, single, curved quillon; single side-ring and knuckle-guard, the former joins the latter with a curl, and small solid shell, fluted and forwards; the hilt is made entirely of gilt steel, the centres of the guards and the end of the quillon decorated with fluted knobs. The blade, of flattened hexagonal section, is decorated at the forte, where the section is oval, with scrollwork etched and gilt, with a six-pointed star, and bears on both sides the mark of the orb and cross. The blade, which does not belong to the hilt, is possibly French, and of later date.

    Hilt probably Dutch, about 1635-50; blade probably Dutch about 1700.

    The inner side of the hilt is flat, for convenience in civilian wear.

    Norman, Varia, 1976, no. 4, pp. 81-6, pI. 3, but with the caption interchanged with pI. 2; Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 190 and 273.