Object Title

Sword - Military Sword

Sword - Military Sword

Date

1580-1600

Object Number

IX.1288

Provenance

Purchased along with IV.545 and X.374

Physical Description

Steel hilt, consisting of ovoid pommel, leather covered grip and vertically recurved quillons, the front one extended to form a knuckle guard. Single, down-curved shell. Thumb-ring connected to a bar, which curves up from the rear quillon to meet a single arm of the hilt, which rises from the front quillon.The shell and the pommel are striated, the latter only on the forward facing side. The grip is faceted with a series of raised lozenge forms. The blade is straight and single edged for two-thirds of its length, at which point it becomes double-edged with a rounded tip. There are two narrow fullers. On the back edge of the blade a simple leaf pattern is engraved on both sides, and the fullers contain a pattern of stars and leaves running for around 6 ins/150mm from the forte. The forte is stamped on bothsides with a mark, of a castle/tower (?) flanked by four stars.

Techniques

Engraving, Stamp

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength776 mm
BladeWidth39 mm
OverallLength915 mm
OverallWeight1050 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Mark
A castle or tower flanked by four stars
Forte on both sides of the blade
Stamp

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