German Horsemans Broadsword, 2nd Half 17th C
Very scarce spiral grip of cast pewter, the hilt formed of relatively crudely forged iron bars forming a knucklebow and side bar with diagonal bar connecting, thumb ring on reverse. Down-curved single quillon with knob finial. Two large side rings with inserted iron plates, each pierced with a pattern of round holes. The ovoid pommel accepts the two screwed guard bars. Hexagonal-section double edged 31 1/4" blade with short single fuller each side, incised with cabalistic numbers 1414" and Solingen Running Wolf mark. Iron parts showing much use and great age, with dark black-brown patina. Blade with edge nicks and light pitting, with matching dark patina. Similar swords are pictured in Neumanns Swords and Blades of the American Revolution. Overall length 37".
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