The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Longsword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • early 17th century (hilt)
  • Iron, steel and copper alloy
  • Length: 104.3 cm
    Width: 4.9 cm
    Weight: 1.985 kg
  • Maker's mark
    Incised mark: traces of an inscription and a decoration of small crosses inlaid in copper alloy, much worn
  • A486
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Longsword, the hilt made up of a faceted, pear-shaped pommel, with a button; spirally molded, wire-bound grip; horizontally recurved crossguard of octagonal section terminating in faceted knobs; hilt arms, double side-rings, enclosing double shell-guards, one of which is fluted, the other pierced with stars and quatrefoils; broad double-edged blade with shallow hollow, incised on each side with the maker's mark. There are also traces of an inscription and decoration of small crosses inlaid in copper alloy, much worn.

    The mark upon the blade is found in conjunction with the wolf mark on several swords in the German Historical Museum, Berlin; in the Musée de l'Armée ( J 116); Estruch Collection, 679, pl. CXXXV; and sometimes in conjunction with the crozier mark (two-handed sword, German Historical Museum, Berlin). Compare also Musée de l'Armée, J 141; Vienna (Böheim, Waffenkunde, p. 674); and The Hermitage (Lenz, p. 301), on an Oriental sword with European blade. This type of inlaid mark was used over long period.