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Dusägge
  • Dusägge
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- Germany; blade- Italy, possibly
  • c. 1580 - c. 1590
  • Steel, blackened
  • Length: 78.7 cm
    Width: 5 cm
    Weight: 1.225 kg
  • Maker's mark: wedge-shaped
    Incised mark: sickle mark, repeated
  • A715
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Dussack or dusägge, a short sword or cutlass with a curved blade, the blackened steel hilt composed of a fluted pommel shaped as a closed cockle shell; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; diagonally curved guard, circular in section, ending in spherical knobs chased with basket-work; knuckle-guard with a spherical knob at the centre connected by a flat bar to the hilt-arms, and the thumb-ring, the hand is protected on the right side by a fluted shell-guard. Broad, curved blade, single-edged, the back edge bevelled and sharpened towards the point; it has three shallow grooves, and is incised near the hilt with the so-called 'sickle' mark.

    About 1580-1590; hilt German; blade possibly Italian.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 226. For a note on the 'sickle' mark, see A535.

    This, or an identical sword, is illustrated in a photograph in the de Cosson Scrapbook III in the Library of the Royal Armouries, captioned 'Etlinger Collection, Würzburg 1868'. The entries in the Etlinger sale catalogue (Förster, Würzburg, 31 August 1868 and following days) are too brief to make identification possible. For a note on pommels of this type see Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 242-3.