Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1531-1570

Object Number

IX.912

Provenance

Purchased, Sotheby & Co., 34-35 New Bond Street, London, 11 February 1949 (Lot 25).

Physical Description

The steel hilt is of characteristic Scottish, highland, form, now much corroded. The hilt consists of a fig-shaped pommel; modern wooden grip; angled straight quillons of diamond section with quatrefoil terminals formed of four adjoining rings (two of the rings on one side damaged). Long langets extend over the root of the blade from the centre of the quillons.
The long broad, two-edged, blade has an oblong ricasso bordered by incised lines and stamped one one face with a mark.

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1492 mm (58 3/4 in.), Blade length: 1079 mm (42 1/2 in.) Weight: 2.6 kg (5 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

An orb and cross is incised on one face of the forte of the blade.

Associations

Bibliographic References

Armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 102 (col. illus., top).

Notes

The sword may posibly have originally been excavated.
One of only two such swords in the collections (IX.1384 being the other). There is an additional fake one (incorrectly dated to 17th century - IX.3123) and a copy of a quillon block with quatrefoil terminals (IX.3403).
There are also two Scottish two-handed lowland swords in the collection (IX.11 and IX.943).
The sword value was reassesed in light of the fact that a 'claymore' from Warwick Castle sold for £200,000 on 12 December 2007 (Lot 279, Thomas Del Mar Ltd., Sotheby's, London).