26. SWORD Bohemian (?), Late XVII Century
Hilt of unusual type, unilateral; of blackened steel sculptured in floral scrolls ajouré. Guard of single lobe, whose deep marginal loop extends upward and joins knuckle guard. Grip en suite, round, untapered.
Blade double-edged, colechimarde; at end of forte a few intaglio facets; running wolf mark appears on right; on left inscription as below.
26.145.274 L. 96 (82) Wt. 47
Note: The present specimen follows the Neapolitan-Spanish manner; it was probably made in Bohemia where, during the seventeenth century, swords, daggers, stirrups, and spurs copied the Spanish-Italian mode, but with less grace, enriching local forms.
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This and the following sword may be described as "in the Strasbourg manner." They date from the first part of the eighteenth century.
27. DRESS SWORD Strasbourg, 1700
Hilt blackened steel carved in low relief with late Renaissance foliation. Pas d'âne deep. Borders of guard pronounced on side of hilt. Washer at base of ricasso as rosette. Grip of brass wire: (a) heavy braided wire, (b) heavy wire twisted of two twisted strands, (c) light wire braided, (d) (e) (f) light wire twisted oppositely.
Blade hexagonal, flattened, its grooved base bearing inscriptions: TOMAS AYALA and EN TOLEDO - a German copy of a Spanish blade.
04.3.43 L. 104 (86.5) Wt. 611
Provenance: Due de Dm0 Collection (Baron de Cosson, Catalogue, F. 51).
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Blade with median flattening, slightly concave at forte. On left inscription: RECTE FACIENDO NEMINEN TIMIAS, with orb and cross motif with initials in one orb, G T S G V S; nearby four small v's; at end of inscription also A V G V S T, and above, the initial S. On right similar motifs and inscription: CONSTANTES FORTUNA IUVAT.
14.25.1205 L. 98.5 (81.5) Wt. 619.5
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29. COURT SWORD French, 1740
Hilt of darkened steel, sculptured ajouré on guard, ricasso, and pommel with trophies and animals. Areas in background punched finely in "fish-roe" (nanako). Grip rectangular, wrapped with wire and blackened convex tinsel strip: (a) two strands wire-wound wire, (b) very fine braided wire, (c) tinsel strips, (d) same as (b).
Blade three-edged, forte blued and gilded over etching; at base panel of etching completely gilded. Themes include trophies of arms and female figure with banner and palm.
26.145.275 L. 102 (85) Wt. 422.5
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30. COURT SWORD French, 1725
Hilt of russet steel with surface and line damascene of gold, chiseled in low relief with mounted and foot soldiers, naïvely classical, against background of military trophies. Grip rectangular, of silvered wire and tinsel: (a) twisted wire-wound wire, (b) fine braided wire, (c) flat russet tinsel strip with ornament of diagonal parallel lines in silver, (d) same as (b), (e) plain wire- wound wire, (f) narrow beaded russet tinsel strip. Pommel slightly flattened.
Blade two-edged without median ridge, etched and gilded from guard to point; in its decoration appear panels of strapwork and foliation against hatched background, classical figure at altar, medallion with bust, basket of flowers, sun, moon, stars, and inscription: LES CHASTES LIENS D'AMOUR.
26.145.335 L. 95 (78) Wt. 464
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The following specimen, illustrates the Hounslow school of sword artists which flourished roundly from 166o to 1740 and produced work of great merit ('cf. the collection of William H. Fenton, J. P., at Hounslow,).
31. COURT SWORD English (Dutch?), End of XVII Century
Hilt russet steel carved in late Renaissance motifs, in low relief, and gilded against dark background. Grip gilded metal fluted en torsade. Pommel globose, wide, with base greatly dilated.
Blade with median groove in which are set pearls and carnelian beads; at base panels gilded full width, filled in with wavy lines and leaf motifs etched some distance up groove.
14.25.1217 L. 88.5 (74) Wt. 454
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