A German broadsword
The broadsword is a post-medieval type of sword with double edged blade. Made for the military, in the 16th century and widely adopted in the 17th century.
Swords could be ordered on demand or made from older swords, such as on this example shown here. The half guard and onion shaped pommel can be referred to the second half of the 17th century, while the blade was made of a 16th century rapier.
Germany, 17th century
Materials: Wood, Leather, Iron, Steel
The Broadsword was widely adopted by both cavalry and infantry in the 17th century. An important distinction for the broadsword is a double edged blade.
Original blackened to conservate the hilt and protect against rust and dirt. The onion shaped pommel was riveted to the blade. The guard has a single hand protection on the front with an attached knucklebow. The handle is made of wood, covered in leather and seems to be original.
Probably of German origin, inscribed with a faux signature of Antonio Picinio, the famous Milanese blacksmith from the 16th century. Cut down from a rapier blade to fit the purpose of a 17th century broadsword. The ricasso of the blade is marked ‘F with crown’ on both sides which can be linked to Fransisco Gomez, but seen the style its probably a pseudo mark as well. The blade has a double edge running down towards the tip and is decorated with a Christian orb circa halfway down the blade on both sides.
A fine broadsword, composite, but well made and functioning. A fine polished blade. Light, flexible and functional. Dating from the second half of the 17th century combined with an earlier type of blade.
Condition: Very good, the hilt has some pitting, but has its original blackening and the blade had a recent professional polish to preserve it well.
Blade length: 76cm
Blade spine thickness: 5mm
Total length: 91.5cm
Sources: S. Kinmans ‘European makers of edged weapons, their marks‘ p.142
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