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    Sale 5427

    Antique Arms & Armour

    17 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 129

    A LATE MEDIEVAL GERMAN HAND-AND-A-HALF SWORD

    CIRCA 1380-1420

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    A LATE MEDIEVAL GERMAN HAND-AND-A-HALF SWORD
    CIRCA 1380-1420
    In excavated condition (cleaned), with long slender double-edged blade of flattened-hexagonal section tapering to a long narrow flattened-diamond point, one side boldly struck with a scroll-shaped mark involving a brief series of miniscule letters, and the other side with traces of a mark (each originally inlaid with latten), long tang carrying plano-convex quillons both slightly arched and horizontally recurved, the outer face drawn-up to a pronounced point in the middle and cut with a scale pattern over the length of each quillon, and fitted with flat-sided oval pommel
    38in (96.5cm) blade


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    Classified as Oakshott type XVII and pommel type H.I.

    Early examples of this type are preserved in the Kantonales Antiquarium, Aarau, Switzerland. These were recovered from the graves of the Austrian knights Friedrich von Tarant and Friedrich von Griffenstein, each of whom died at the battle of Sempach in 1386.

    Two later examples were formerly in the E.A. Christensens collection, Copenhagen, one of which bears an Arabic inscription recording its deposition in the arsenal at Alexandria in 1427 (see Ada Bruhn Hoffmeyer, Gammelt Jern E. A. Christensens Vabensamling, Copenhagen 1968, Nos. 51 and 57).

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