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Longsword
  • Longsword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1510 - 1520
  • Steel, silver and copper, engraved, inlaid and chiselled
  • Length: 101.1 cm
    Width: 3 cm
    Weight: 1.45 kg
  • Incised mark: Running-wolf and orb and cross Inlaid in copper, 17.4cm from hilt
  • A697
  • European Armoury I
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  • Hunting sword, the hilt composed of a pommel of fish-tail form; grip of steel, aligned and set flush with the pommel, fluted down the centre and widening towards the pommel and decorated with eight oblong panels of silver, engraved with a patter of small lozenges; straight guard; single side-ring, within which is a small V-shaped guard; semi- hilt-arms joined by a slanting bar. The ends of the guards and the centre of the ring are chiselled as dolphins' heads. The blade is single-edged, triangular in section, and trebly grooved for the whole length. The running-wolf and orb and cross marks are inlaid in copper.

    German, about 1520.

    Provenance: A. Beurdeley (Une belle épée en fer damasquiné d' argent avec pommeau cannelé, 4,000 fr.; receipted Bill 21 June, 1869); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    This belongs to a well-defined class of hunting swords of the late 15th and early 16th century, of which that of the Emperor Maximilian I at Vienna can be regarded as a prototype. A similar sword with its scabbard complete with knives, pricker, etc., is in the Germanisches Museum at Nuremburg, and another, with very similar hilt, is at Vienna (Böeheim Album, I, pl. XLI, fig.7).