Fine Antique Arms & Armour

English Civil War Period Mortuary Sword Ref: 38.15


Price £2,850


Item Description:


A good English "Mortuary" hilted back sword dating to the middle part of the 17th century. The main guard plate is covered with chiselled decoration to the outside consisting of foliage and scrolls plus typically two images of a face commonly thought on these sword hilts 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 "Mortuary" 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 pommel is globular in shape, decorated with boldly cut chiselled lines, has an integral button and a pronounced flared neck. The original spirally grooved wooden grip still has parts of its period leather cover still attached on top of which much of the original copper wire binding remains. 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 of the ricasso for a short distance from the hilt.


The blade is single edged for most of its length. It has a short bold ricasso and two pronounced fullers inside which the remains of ANDRIA FERARA marks in capitals can be made out. The condition is good, original, russet and uncleaned. The blade is just under 34.25 inches long (82 cm) and overall the sword measures 40.15 inches (102 cm).

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