Fine Antique Arms & Armour

English Civil War Period Mortuary Sword Ref: 46.14


Price: £2,850

Item Description:


A good English "Mortuary" back sword dating to the middle part of the 17th century. The main guard plate is delicately decorated with incised and pierced foliage and scrolls plus typically four images of a face commonly thought to represent the head of King Charles I. The workmanship is a good example of the English Civil War period armourers craft.


The hilt is of typical form consisting of a broad boldly manufactured dish-shaped guard plate from which three main guard bars extend with the flattened terminals screwed into the pommel. The spaces between these bars are infilled with subsidiary bars and scrolls. A curled wrist guard is fashioned from the rear of the plate.


The original wooden grip is covered with shagreen and bound with brass wire. It retains its brass Turks Heads top and bottom. The grip sits on an iron flanged plug mounted onto the inside of the guard plate and from which two langets extend through the tang aperture to flank the blade either side for a short distance from the hilt. The blade is single edged for most of its length. It has a short ricasso and two long pronounced fullers. Inside each fuller are the words ANDRIA and FERARA separated by thumbnail and dot marks (one side plainer than the other). The pommel is door knob shaped with an integral button and is incised with scrolls.


The blade is 33 inches long (84 cm) long and overall the sword is 38.5 inches long (98 cm).


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