The Wallace Collection

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Sword
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • HIlt- probably France; blade- Germany
  • 1620 - 1646
    c. 1620 - 1640 (hilt)
    1646 (blade)
  • Steel and copper, chiselled and pierced
  • Length: 114.9 cm
    Width: 2.9 cm
    Weight: 1.22 kg
  • Inscription: 'GLVCK : VND : VNGLVCK : IST : ALLE : MORRGEN / MEIN : FRVSDVCK : ANNO : DOMINI : 1646'
    Maker's mark
  • A679
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • Sword, the hilt made up of a fig-shaped pommel with shallow vertical flutings and flat button; copper wire-bound grip of quadrilateral section; short quillons of hexagonal section, recurved horizontally and springing from a long, vertically fluted escutcheon and ending in hexagonal knobs; hilt-arms, double rings and shell guards, the latter joined to the rings by heart-shaped bars forming an open cage. The shells are pierced and chiselled with the arms of France, crowned, and enclosed within a laurel wreath and with dolphins on either side; the whole of bright steel. Stiff, broad blade of diamond section, with a single wide groove running to the point, it is inscribed:

    GLVCK : VND : VNGLVCK : IST : ALLE : MORRGEN

    MEIN : FRVSDVCK : ANNO : DOMINI : 1646

    ('Good fortune and bad is my breakfast every morning')

    The square ricasso is stamped on either side with a bladesmith's mark.

    Hilt probably French, about 1620-40; blade associated, German dated 1646.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 42 and 156.