Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1600-1699

Object Number

IX.41

Provenance

Bernal Collection

Physical Description

The hilt is made up of an inverted heart-shaped pommel of steel, as is the faceted grip. The vertically counter-curved quillons spring from the central quillon block, from the outside of which a small shell-guard turns outwards and downwards.The base of the pommel and quillon terminals are decorated with incised scrolling lines and the shell has similar moulding to that of the base of the pommel, at the point it joins the quillon block.The shell-guard itself is decoratd with incisd lines to resemble a scallop shell.

The straight blade is of flattened hexagonal-section, the edges being chamfered. and bears a mark stamped seven times on each face of the grooved ricasso. The ricasso is unsharpened for 57 mm (2 1/4 in.) from the hilt. Three shallow fullers extend for 229 mm (9 ins.) from hilt.

Techniques

Handmade

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength1022 mm
OverallWeight1.1 kg
BladeLength983 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Makers Marks
A group of three small 'twig marks' in the fullers and four others about the ricasso (two on each edge); a total of seven on each face. These marks are associated with (Northern) Italian bladesmiths.
On each face of the blade, near the ricasso and in the short fullers
Stamped

Associations

Places Italian