Object Title

Sword - hand-and-a-half sword

Sword - hand-and-a-half sword

Date

1480-1520

Object Number

IX.38

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The hilt is made up of an inverted fig-shaped pommel and the original grip of leather over twine and wood. The straight quillonsare of round section expanding toward their terminals. A semi-ring guard on one side has a turned ornament at its centre and serpent-head terminals. On the other side of the quillons a small, double thumb guard curves over the blade.

The blade is straight, two-edged, with three shallow fullers near the hilt. Marks and letters are inlaid in brass or latten (copper alloy) on both faces.

Techniques

Handmade

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength1232 mm
OverallLength997 mm
OverallWeight1810 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Makers Marks
A six-pointed star on one face of the blade and a running wolf and the letters FV preceded by another character (see drawings in Makers Cards). on the other.
On faces of blade
Struck and inlaid inlatten or brass (copper alloy)

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, HMSO, London, 1974, p.16, Pls.13a,107.

ffoulkes C J, Inventory and survey of the armouries of the Tower of London, HMSO, London, 1916, p. 265.

P Connor (ed.), All the Queen's horses. The role of the Horse in British History, Lexington Ke, Kentucky Horse Park, 2003, p. 133, no. 24.7.

Notes

The serpent-head decoration of the side-ring isregarded as particularly Germanic.