The Wallace Collection

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  • Estoc
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1570 - c. 1585
  • Iron, steel, fish-skin and leather, blackened
  • Length: 106 cm
    Width: 1.9 cm
    Weight: 1.495 kg
  • A506
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Estoc or ‘tuck’, the blackened hilt made up of an eight-sided, not quite globular pommel; oval grip bound with fish-skin, mounted with bands at either end, and thin, vertical bars; it is bent inwards; straight , spatulate crossguard; two side-rings, hilt-rings and thumb-guards. The hilt is mounted on a stiff blade of hollow, triangular section; there is a leather socket inside the hilt-arms, designed to fit over the scabbard.

    The De Beaumont Catalogue (no. 11) states that this sword came from the Electoral Armory at Dresden, which is probably correct.

    The hilts of swords A506, A528 and A552, with their spatulate guards and octagonal pommels belong to a class of which large numbers exist in the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen, Dresden. In the 19th and 20th centuries many objects were sold from Dresden, as they were considered duplicates. The richer specimens are overlaid with silver and engraved.