The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany or Italy
  • c. 1600 (hilt (probably German))
  • Iron, steel, gold, leather, silver, piqué and blued
  • Length: 124.4 cm
    Width: 2.7 cm, blade
    Weight: 1.28 kg
  • Mark: 'S' Marked twice
    Marks: Succession of H's and rosettes
  • A541
  • European Armoury III
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  • Sword, the hilt of blued steel comprised of a flattened cylindrical pommel, striped diagonally with sunken bands, which are gilt and bordered with dots of silver piqué, the button replaced by a quatrefoil washer; crossguard, reversed upwards and downwards, of flat, riband section widening at the ends, each terminating in a button; large, double side-rings and hilt-arms, striped like the pommel; original leather-covered grip. The left side of the hilt is plain. The associated double-edged blade is straight, of flattened hexagonal section, with strong ricasso bearing the letter S twice on either side (cf. A615). The forte has a central fuller, deeply stamped on both sides with a succession of Hs and rosettes.

    This sword appears in a photograph, apparently of a dealer's stock, among the papers of William H. Riggs in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, priced at 500 fr. (S. Pyhrr, letter of November 1980). A sword with a similar silver piqué hilt was sold at Sotheby's, 29 November, 1931, lot 32.