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    Sale 5854

    Arms & Armour

    18 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 77

    A HUNGARIAN MILITARY HAND-AND-A-HALF BROADSWORD, OF THE TYPE SUPPLIED TO THE ARMY OF THE EMPEROR CHARLES V

    CIRCA 1500-1540

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    Estimate

    A HUNGARIAN MILITARY HAND-AND-A-HALF BROADSWORD, OF THE TYPE SUPPLIED TO THE ARMY OF THE EMPEROR CHARLES V
    CIRCA 1500-1540
    Probably excavated with tapering blade cut with a very shallow fuller running from the base to the forte and with running wolf mark inlaid in latten on one side, struck with a circular mark on one side of the tang, fluted S-shaped ribbon-like quillons, and rectangular pommel raised in the centre and capped by a brass bevelled washer
    37½in (95.3cm) blade


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    A closely similar example is included in the collections assembled from booty captured by the Ottomans and now preserved in the Topkapi and Askeri Museums, Istanbul. See D. G. Alexander, European Swords in the Collections of Istanbul, Part II, Waffen und Kostkunde, 1987, heft 1, pp.25 and 39, No.108 (illustrated).

    The example cited is noted as being similar to the swords given in about 1540 by the King of Hungary to the Emperor Charles V (see footnote 39, op. cit.

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