This sidesword is a modified reproduction of an existing sidesword from the Wallace collection.
Handsome swept hilt with pear-shaped pommel, hollow and composed of scrolled bands, with button; hexagonal grip of wood bound with copper wire; diagonally curved quillons also slightly re-curved, of oblong section, ending in a scroll; knuckle-guard, joined to the pas d’ane by a loop guard, single projecting bar, and transverse guards on the inner side; the entire hilt chiselled and gilt with masks, scrolls and festoons of drapery on a russet ground, also panels in the central parts chased with garlands and trophies of arms fully guilt… 1
The original is on display in the Wallace Collection, London (Object A595).
The reproduction of the hilt is heavily modified, and mirrored for a left-handed fencer. The surface decoration is relief etched and blackened to be suitable for sparring.
The blade is finished with a blunt edge for sparring and training use and cross-section corrected to maintain the handling of the original.
- Overall length: 1070mm
- Blade length: 850mm
- Crossguard length: mm
- Blade width at base: mm
- Point of balance: mm
- Weight: g
All images © Stefan Feichtinger, if not otherwise noted.
1.Mann J. European Arms and Armour Volume II. London: William Clowes and Sons; 1962.