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European Knightly Sword, Oakeshott Type XV, ca. 1400
This sword is typical of those used during the Hundred Years War and War of the Roses and was in use from the 13th C until the early 16th C. It features straight square-section quillons with down-turned finials; large wheel-shaped pommel with beveled edges and flat central disc. About 60% of what appears to be the original wood grip remains; the sword apparently never having been taken apart. Tapering 31" diamond-section blade coming to an acute point; no visible makerís marks. A nearly identical sword is in the Wallace Collection (A462). Very well conserved river find showing lamination and heavy pitting, but retaining its original shape throughout and only minimal metal loss. Overall length 38 Ĺ".
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