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    Sale 5854

    Arms & Armour

    18 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 86

    A VERY RARE TWO-HAND SWORD, KNOWN AS 'THE FINGASK CASTLE SWORD', ENGLISH OR LOWLAND SCOTTISH

    LATE 15TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A VERY RARE TWO-HAND SWORD, KNOWN AS 'THE FINGASK CASTLE SWORD', ENGLISH OR LOWLAND SCOTTISH
    LATE 15TH CENTURY
    With long tapering double-edged blade of flattened-diamond section (the tip with expert repair), long slender rounded quillons widening at the écusson and with flared globular tips, large spherical pommel, and original leather-covered wooden grip
    46 1/8in (117.2cm) blade


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    Provenance: Fingask Castle, Rait, by Perth, Christie's 26-28 April 1993, lot 625.

    Tony Willis, Three Claymores from Warwick Castle, pp.51-2, plate 8, The Spring 2009 London Park Lane Arms Fair Guide.

    The present sword belongs to a small related group of 15th century English two-hand swords. Notably comparable within the group are one in The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds (IX.633) and another in The York Castle Museum (CA 700).

    See Ewart Oakeshott, European Weapons and Armour from The Renaissance to The Industrial Revolution, London & Guildford, p.146.

    Also see N. Melville, Towards the identification of a group of fifteenth century English two-hand swords, The Eighteenth Park Lane Arms Fair guide, 2001.

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