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German Officer’s Broadsword with Scabbard, ca. 1680
Blackened hilt featuring single oblong side ring filled with a pierced plate embossed with acanthus design. Down-turned reverse quillon with lobed finial chiseled with acanthus design. Knuckle bow with central double knob joined to the pommel. Pommel with button and chiseled ensuite with acanthus design. Grip wrapped with three sizes of single strand and twisted brass wire and finished with braided turks heads top and bottom. Double-edged 33 1/4" blade of hexagonal-section; the long ricasso stamped "JOANNE" on one side and "MARTINEZ" on the other inside an engraved border. Blade shows lamination, pitting, and a number of nicks from blade strikes primarily on the lower half. In its period leather covered wood scabbard with blackened iron mounts. The scabbards for these early swords are a hundred times more rare than the swords themselves. Overall length 38 ˝", not including scabbard.
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