The Wallace Collection

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  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Europe
  • 1616 - 1650
    c. 1640 - c.1650 (hilt)
    possibly 1616 (blade)
  • Steel, silver and gold, gilded, hatched, incised and pierced
  • Length: 85.5 cm
    Width: 2.7 cm
    Weight: 0.89 kg
  • Incised mark: Running-wolf and '1 6' '1 6' probably the last two figures of a date, probably 1616.
  • A674
  • European Armoury III
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Sword, the hilt composed of a pear-shaped pommel, of vaguely hexagonal section, ending at the top in scrolls, with large button; steel grip of octagonal section; small curling quillons, the right one being smaller than the left; small pierced shell, single curved bar and knuckle-guard; the entire hilt plated with silver and chased with conventional foliage. The blade, of flat, bi-convex section, with shallow groove at the forte, faintly engraved on each side with a running-wolf mark and the figures 16. The hilt is incised with conventional foliage, hatched with silver and parcel gilt. The figures 16 on the blade are probably the last two of a date; presumably 1616.

    Hilt North European, probably Dutch, about 1640-50; blade German (Solingen ?), possibly dated 1616.

    Norman, Varia, 1976, no. 4, pp. 81-6, pI. 2, but with caption interchanged with pI. 3; Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 190, 358 and 375, pI. 82.

    For the decoration of the hilt compare nos. A543 and 643.