Late Medieval Knightly Broadsword, 2nd Half 15th C


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Fine example of a medieval knightly broadsword from the period of the English Wars of
the Roses. Featuring broad 30″ double-edged blade with wide 10″ central fuller, stamped
on both sides with a maker’s mark; 1 7/8″ wide where it meets the cross guard. Blade
shows lamination and signs of repeated sharpening, still retaining a fairly sharp edge; tip
slightly rounded. Hilt featuring bow tie shaped cross guard (Oakeshott Syle 5) with simple
geometric chiseling at the center. Pommel a fancier version of the Oakeshott Type V1,
but instead of the edges becoming thinner the pommel is flat with a chiseled cross on
the front face, a tapering central groove on the rear face, and the rounded top and sides
featuring a raised spiral reed flanked by double line borders; integral pyramid-shaped
button. Wood grip which appears to have its original leather wrap (worn with some
losses); the sword never having been apart. With the exception of some slight play in the
cross guard, the sword is still tight. Metal with patches of scattered pitting; having been
cleaned at some point but retaining a nice gunmetal patina. Very well balanced sword
which undoubtedly was much prized and saw lots of action. Overall length 36 1/2″.