17th Century Military Officer’s Cavalry Broadsword

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An excellent and unusual 17th Century Military Officer's Cavalry Broadsword.  Most likely carried by an officer and with a very substantial multi-fullered blade.  Deeply stamped to both blade fortes and with traces of original impressed lettering to the top of the blade.  The hilt is quite unusual and features a pierced guard that is reminiscent in style to contemporary Spanish main-gauche daggers - it is possible that this sword had an accompanying main-gauche dagger and the hilt of the broadsword imitated the design.  With wide, hand-wrought crossguard and finials.  These matching swords and daggers were very common during this period.  The use of a fleur-de-lys design might indicate a French connection but could just be a decorative style.  The grip is bound with steel twistwire and turks-heads.

Condition of the sword is excellent

The pommel is quite substantial and would have given this large sword good balance.  The blade is well made with good flexibility - always a sign of quality.  Condition is very good for its great age - no problems that I can see.  Blade length is 38 inches (44 inches overall).

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