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Scarce Hungarian Pallash with Original Scabbard, Last Quarter 17th C
Hilt of typical Hungarian form with simple straight cross guard, upturned knuckle guard, and long double langets. Capstan pommel and original riveted leather-wrapped wood grip. Straight single-edged 36 ½" blade with double fullers; double-edged for the last 14 ½" and weighted toward the point to give a powerful downward slashing cut from a mounted position. Features a pair of deeply-struck star marks in the rear fuller. Original leather-covered wood scabbard with steel mounts, obviously made and fitted for this exact sword. Metal shows lamination and light pitting overall A favored weapon of the Hungarian heavy cavalry during their wars with the Turks, it possibly saw service at the Siege of Vienna in 1683, the scene of what was purportedly the largest cavalry charge in history. Similar swords are preserved in the Landeszeughaus Graz, Austria. Overall length 41 1/4".