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Boar-sword
  • Boar-sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1530
  • Steel, wood and fish-skin
  • Length: 110 cm
    Weight: 1.55 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A699
  • European Armoury I
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  • Boar-Sword, the hilt composed of a spirally-fluted (writhen), fig-shaped pommel; oval, wooden grip bound with fish-skin with applied, vertical, steel bands shaped as pilasters, and steel mounts at either end with leaf-shaped edges; straight guard, round in section, thickening at the ends and heavily roped. The blade is of oblong section except towards the point where it is enlarged and flattened to a diamond section and the edges waved. It is pierced for a cross-bar stop. Stamped with a maker's mark on both sides; it resembles that upon the serving knife A889.

    German, about 1530.

    The cross-bar in the blade (here missing) was usually secured by a spring-fastening; its purpose was to prevent the boar being impaled too deeply, and so enable the weapon to be readily withdrawn.