The Wallace Collection

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Sword
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • mid 17th century
  • Steel and velvet or felt, blackened, punched and chiselled
  • Length: 99.6 cm
    Width: 3.4 cm
    Weight: 0.822 kg
  • A683
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
  • Sword, the blackened hilt made up of a pommel supported on petals and chiselled in relief with conventional plumes, and with large button; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; knuckle-guard spirally chased with a central ornament like the pommel, and small curly quillons of oval section, with pierced, scrolled ends; side-ring formed by a loop from the knuckle-bow, double shell-guards in the form of scallops, bent upwards and downwards on either side of the blade; square, vertically fluted escutcheon; the whole of blackened steel chiselled with riband ornament on a punched, granular ground. Stiff blade of diamond section, the sides hollowed, a washer of velvet or felt remains at the hilt to ease contact with the sheath.

    Mid-17th century.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 190, pI. 86.