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Sword with scabbard, knife and three gunner's probes
  • Sword with scabbard, knife and three gunner's probes
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1630
  • Steel, gold, leather and copper, chiselled
  • Length: 77.6 cm
    Width: 4.1 cm
    Weight: 1 kg, sword
    Weight: 0.37 kg, scabbard and implements
  • Maker's mark Blacksmith's mark on implement
  • A700
  • European Armoury III
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  • Sword, with scabbard and accessory implements. The sword is composed of a cap-shaped pommel of gilt steel, fluted at the top, with button; grip of oval section widening towards the pommel, bound with black leather and secured by three stout rivets; straight crossguard of circular section swelling at the ends, also gilt; broad, short blade of flattened oval section with rebated ends; traces of marks remain.

    The scabbard is bound with black leather furnished with five pockets to contain the en suite implements and fitted with a plain chape of gilt steel and slender hook below the locket to engage the belt.

    The handles of the small additional implements, a small knife and a set of gunner's probes, are of gilt copper roughly chiselled into the form of lion's heads. They include the following: (1) a byknife with the back-edge partly bevelled and roughened to act as a file, and bearing a bladesmith's mark; (2) a long probe; (3) a probe with a deep flute and hook at the end, and (4) a probe with a threaded tip. The fifth implement is missing.

    German, about 1630; possibly composite, i.e., made up of parts which originally belonged to different sets.

    Provenance: ? Henry Courant (1 Épée de Chasse et un Couteau du 16 ième 650 fr.; receipted bill, 4 June, 1869); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    This type of garniture of small implements is discussed in Blair, 1974, no.221.