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European Estoc, Probably German, First Half 16th C
All steel construction featuring horizontally recurved quillons of diamond-section with finials chiseled in the form of cockleshells. Quillon block with vertical grooves and turned balusters transitioning to the quillons. Large pommel with button, chiseled ensuite. One-piece steel grip, the lower half a tapered octagon and the upper half conical, with a horizontal ridge in the middle. Hollow ground diamond-section 36 ½" blade with engraved mark at the forte. Overall length 42 ½". Steel grips were not uncommon on swords during the 16th and 17th C. A German estoc of the same basic form, ca. 1525-40, with quillons and pommel chiseled in a similar manner is in the Wallace Collection, inventory #A505, illustrated in "The Noble Art of the Sword", by Tobias Capwell, Fig. 1.06.
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