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    Fine Example of an English "Mortuary Sword" from the First Half of the 17th Century. Although the exact point of origin of the name for this form is obscure, it is theorized the sobriquet derived from the resemblance of the portrait head chiseled on the face of the basket to the martyred English King Charles I. This a classic example, 37¾" overall with a 33½" blade using two narrow fullers. The blade is marked in both fullers, on both sides, F R A N D, with the letters separated by a diamond shaped pattern of dots. The hilt exhibits the form that evolved circa 1640-50 with the branches extending to the pommel, where they are attached by screws. Also typical of this period are the small plates/ ears that project down onto the blade. The face of the basket displays the opposing chiseled portrait heads typical of these swords, along with deeply chiseled floral and scroll motifs. The branches of the guard and pommel also display extensive chiseled decoration. Original wood grip excellent with just some small scattered worm holes. Hilt with deep dark age patina. The blade generally smooth and gray with some small scattered patches of very light pitting with no nicks. The extreme tip is slightly bent. A quintessential example of this rare and important form that was the standard weapon of both the Royalist and Parliamentary cavalry during the English Civil War.

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    July, 2009
    25th Saturday
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