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English Mortuary Hilted Broadsword, Mid-17th C
Iron basket hilt comprising large lightly chiseled solid guard with broad scrolled reverse quillon; tapering knuckle bow with two diagonal bars joining a bifurcated side bar on each side. Knuckle bow and side bars each riveted to the fluted ovoid pommel. Spiral-carved horn grip and thick leather guard liner. Double-edged 31" blade with a pair of narrow full-length fullers, indistinctly stamped with "ANDREA" and "FERARA". Blade worn and pitted overall with clipped point. Uncleaned, showing hard use and great age, as this type often exhibits. Overall length 37".
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