A Very Rare Cruciform Broadsword

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Lot 215
A Very Rare Cruciform Broadsword
Early 16th Century, Probably English Or Lowland Scottish

Sold for £ 5,000 (US$ 6,945) inc. premium
A Very Rare Cruciform Broadsword
Early 16th Century, Probably English Or Lowland Scottish
In excavated condition, with broad tapering double-edged blade of shallow diamond section indistinctly incised with a mark on one side towards the forte, hilt comprising straight quillons of circular section swelling at the forte on both sides and with button terminals, flat slightly tapering tang, and large spherical pommel
81.5 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • This sword appears to be related to the well-known group of two-handed swords of which a closely comparable example was sold by Thomas Del Mar Ltd In association with Sotheby's, Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria, London, 7 December 2011, lot 161 (£19,200)

    Another example of the type was sold by Christie's Glasgow, Fingask Castle..., 26-28 April 1993, lot 625 (the catalogue footnote drew attention to a further example in the Timperley Collection, Castle Museum, York)

    For more information see Tony Willis, 'Scottish "twa handit Swerdis", The Thirteenth Park Lane Arms Fair, 1996, pp. 12-25
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