Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1480-1520

Object Number

IX.38

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Inverted fig-shaped pommel, original grip of leather over twine and wood; straight quillons 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 on both faces.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1232 mm (48.1/25 in), Blade length: 997 mm (39.1/4 in) Weight: 1810 g (4 lb)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, composite struck and inlaid in copper alloy: 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.

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 is particularly Germanic.
Roy. Arm. Neg. No. A8/41.