Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1634

Object Number

IX.1420

Provenance

Acquired by exchange from R.J. Wigginton (dealer), November 1974. Purchased 'with a group of mid-17th-century weapons.' (letter on Inv. File).

Physical Description

Hilt of gilded iron with stag-horn grip. Pommel cap, set within the tine of the horn, with pronounced asymmetrical ovoid button. Guard consisting of knuckle-guard, single side-ring with down-curved rear quillon. The knuckle-guard and side ring each have a baluster knop at the centre, and the rear quillons has a spatulate terminal of similar form. Between the block and the grip is a plain gilded iron collar. The horn grip is striated and is held by three rivets, with flat circular heads.


Short, broad two-edged blade, with single fuller. Inscribed, 'MADE IN [? or IH] ANNO / GRENEWICH 1634' (WHICH is WHICH SIDE?)

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 860 mm blade length: 705 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Blade marked Greenwich.

Associations

Notes

There is a similar hilt in the Victoria and Albert Museum (CHK) and another is or was in the collection of A.R.E. North (note in IBE in N. Hall's hand).