A North European cavalry sword
second half 17th century
The 28 inch double edged blade bearing the running wolf mark of Solingen/Passau on either side, 7 inch central fuller above the hilt marked 1616 framed by groups of small marks. Iron hilt comprising downturned quillon with large mushroom finial; oval shells, the innermost smaller and worked with thumb ring; the outer shell with branch having two central balls, riveted to the pommel and joined to the two ball knucklebow by an S-shaped bar. Ovoid pommel with capstan and marked 301. Leather-covered grip with two narrow iron wire turk's heads.
Condition: Dark patina overall showing some areas of light pitting. Blade probably shortened.