Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1630-1650

Object Number

IX.2796

Provenance

Purchased from Andrew Lumley, 3rd March, 1986. (Formerly deposit No 258). The sword came from a North Scottish family; was next in the Jacobsen Collection in Sweden and then transferred to a dealer inDenmark from whom Lumley bought it.

Physical Description

Hilt: ferrous metal, comprising pommel, knuckle guard with two quillons and arms, shell guard and grip.


Pommel: globular on a stand (Norman, type 25). Decorated in relief with four moustachioed faces emanating from the prominent tang button resting on square leaf decoration on the stand. The leaves have circular punched decoration, giving a scale-like appearance, consisting of a broad longitudinal middle band flanked by a finer one on either side, the spaces between the leaves being lined with similar punched decoration.


Knuckle guard: the upper extremity is secured to the pommel through the mouth of one of the grotesque faces, with what appears to be its original screw. There is a discoidal swelling in the centre, flanked by two acanthus balusters, and which carries grotesque masks. The two straight quillons have flattened button finials bearing grotesque masks and the sleeve is decorated on the inner and outer faces with a cherub's head flanked by acanthus leaves, the outer cherub having long hair and the inner, curls. Where the sleeve meets the shells is deeply cross-hatched. The stem of the quillons is decorated with acanthus tips. The arms of the hilt terminate in a slight outward curl.


Shell guards: symmetrical, kidney-shaped with pierced and relief decoration consisting of a central cherub, wings outstretched, with a rudimentary body.. the head stands proud of the shell and is inclined towards the grip, with pierced foliate scrolls emanating on either side and terminating in a profile head. There is a circular solid piece with a raised border around the tang aperture with a motif resembling an ear of corn extending between the two shells towards the arms of the hilt.


Grip: wooden barrel shaped bound with wire in a fine twist, herringbone pattern ferrous wire. Sheet metal ferrules with border of a beaded band between plain raised bands. The grip is very probably a replacement.


Blade: of later date; flattened diamond section, the first seven inches being deeply dimpled over a floral line engraving.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 990 mm (39 in), blade length: 840 mm (33 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

The blade is marked 'fei(?)esco' on one side and 'cu??vge' on the other.

Associations

Places Scotland