Fine Antique Arms & Armour

Early to Mid 17th Century German Infantry Officer’s Broad Sword of Early “Walloon” Type Ref: 038.16


Price: £1,475

Item Description:


A German or Northern European single hand broad sword of early "Walloon" type dating to the early 17th century. The sword is in good russet condition. The guard is formed as a central block from which a round section knuckle bow rises to the pommel, swelling towards the middle, and cut with a decorative grooved waist. A circular loop guard with a moulded border protects the fingers of the right hand which is infilled with a plate pierced with 27 four pointed star shapes in early "Walloon" fashion. From this, to the side, a second main guard bar rises perpendicular to the knuckle bow, to the pommel, and is formed in similar fashion with a waist. The hilt is strengthened by a further bar which links both these main guard bars together. To the rear a downward tear drop shaped wrist guard emanates from the quillon block and to the inside a thumb loop is applied with expanded defensive base.


The urn shaped pommel has an expanded collar to its base and an integral raised pommel button on top. The cylindrical wooden grip is covered with leather and bound with wire. The tapering pointed double edged blade is of fine quality and of lenticular section for its entire length. On both sides a boldly stamped bladesmith's mark of a king's head is present. The blade is just under 31 inches long (79 cm).


Multifunctional swords of this type with double edged stiff blades were generally used in close quarter front line combat by infantrymen and pikemen when massed ranks met, sharp enough to cut through the less defended areas of an opponent, and strong enough to be used for thrusting to penetrate between plates of armour.


Condition: The sword is in good original condition russet all over. The metal appears to be in fair condition underneath with a consistent brown patina overall.


Note: The bladesmith's marks are probably those of a member of the Wundes family of bladesmiths working in Solingen in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.


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