Fine Antique Arms & Armour

Late 17th Century English Brass Hilted Officers Sword Ref: 09.15


Price: £1,250

Item Description:


An attractive and functional late 17th century brass hilted English Officers sword. The hilt is formed with two moulded shell guards infilled with shallow brass plates with attractive foliate rosettes centred on the tang aperture on both upper and lower surfaces. The shell guards have moulded fluted borders same in style to the fluted the knuckle bow, pommel base, ricasso, pas d'ane rings and rear quillon.


The pommel is hollow into which the top of the knucklebow fits into a small aperture. The pommel top is decorated with a rosette centred on the integral tang button similar in style to the rosettes in the shell guard. The original grip is of wood with brass "Turks Heads" at the top and bottom. The double edged lenticular section blade has been silvered (a minor patch is missing which exposes the natural steel beneath) and tapers to the point. A single central fuller extends from the hilt for 6 inches (15 cm) either side inside which in bold letters on both sides "IN SOLINGEN" is present, the words separated and flanked by quatrefoils and dots.


The sword is in good original condition with a small dent to the pommel visible in the photographs below. The overall length is just under 33.5 inches (85 cm). Blade length 40.5 inches (103 cm).


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