Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1530-1570

Object Number

IX.765

Provenance

Purchased from the Beriah Botfield collection at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire, with the aid of the National Art Collections Fund, 1942 (Norton Hall No. 75).

Physical Description

The bright steel hilt comprises of a spirally twisted pommel, wooden grip (modern) and large oval ring-guards on either side. The ring-guards and quillons are decorated with a punched pattern and engraving. The quillon terminals are also of spirally twisted form, en suite with the pommel.
The blade has a long ricasso and two pointed flukes/lugs.

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1765 mm (69.2 in), blade length: 1245 mm (48 3/4 in) Weight: 3560 gm (7lb 15 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The blade bears an an orb and cross, inlaid in copper alloy (brass), on one face. There is also a defaced mark at the base of the ricasso and the letters ST(?) are stamped on one fluke/lug and a group of three short vertical lines is on the other.

Associations

Places Germany

Notes

For similar pommels, see entry for IX.731, under Notes.