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    Sale 5426

    Antique Arms & Armour

    21 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 41

    AN UNUSUAL AUSTRIAN PROCESSIONAL SWORD

    17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN UNUSUAL AUSTRIAN PROCESSIONAL SWORD
    17TH CENTURY
    With short broad flat blade widening towards the middle, etched with the Imperial double eagle charged with the bindenschild and a large Imperial crown below the hilt on one side, iron slender scrolling quillons, small double ring-guard, original wooden three-stage grip of exaggerated length covered with fabric (heavily worn) and studded with domed brass nails, and large iron pommel formed of beaded openwork bars joined by a cap finial.
    34in (86.3cm) blade


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    Literature

    Robert Coltman Clephan, The Defensive Armour and Weapons and Engines of War of medieval times and of the Renaissance, 1990