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Sword: HEN.M.209-1933

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Fig-shaped lobated pommel decorated with crudely cut acanthus leaves - shaped collar. Grip bound with twisted steel wire, welding in its middle. Remains of Turks' heads. Quillons of flat ribbon section, horizontally received and widening at the tips where they are rolled over vertically. Decorated with acanthus to match the pommel. Well-formed ecusson. Single outside ring guard of same section, with diamond shaped leaf-style decoration at midpoint. Plain branches of diamond section; from the outside end of each branch, a flat up-curving counter guard of the same form as the quillon-ends. Back-guard of two bars. Blade of flat oval section, trebly furrowed for its entire length.
Maker's mark on ricasso. The pommel is Italian, 1540-50, whilst the rest of the sword is German c.1570.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 124.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


16th century
Circa 1540 CE - 1570 CE

Components of the work

Sword composed of steel
Grip Length 10.2 cm
Blade Length 108.0 cm
Quillons Width 20.3 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: maker's mark

  • Location: On ricasso
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 209H
  • Type: Tag

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.209-1933
Primary reference Number: 18914
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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