• Arms & Armour auction at Christies

    Sale 5863

    Arms & Armour

    30 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 37

    AN ENGLISH MORTUARY-HILTED BROADSWORD

    CIRCA 1620-50

    Price Realised  

    AN ENGLISH MORTUARY-HILTED BROADSWORD
    CIRCA 1620-50
    With double-edged blade, 'mortuary' type guard chiselled with naive designs of masks and foliage, the side-branches attached to the pommel by a transverse bolt, and original spirally fluted wooden grip
    32½in (82.5cm) blade


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    A hilt of very similar construction is in the Castle Museum, York (CA2034). See Cyril Mazansky, British Basket-hilted Swords, 2005, p.256, fig. II Ci.

    Special Notice

    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium