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Auction: Auction 27.03.1996
was auctioned on: 27 March 1996
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Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500
ca. US$1,527 - US$2,290
Price realised:  £1,265
ca. US$1,931
Lot number 40, Views: 43

A VERY RARE ENGLISH BACKSWORD CIRCA 1610 With straight blade (point missing) and broad fuller for nearly its full length on each side, stamped respectively 'Petther' and 'Wirsberg', and corresponding narrow fuller bordering the back, the ricasso struck with a bladesmith's mark on one side, iron swept hilt comprising short quillons (one missing), arms, the tip of the rear one linked to the knuckle-guard by an S-shaped diagonal loop and partially filled between by an upturned bar, inner stirrup-shaped ring-guard and diagonal loop-guard, and disc-shaped pommel with circular central piercing en suite with the ends of the quillons, the bar on the front arm and the centres of the knuckle- and outer loop-guard, the surfaces throughout retaining the remains of encrusted silver and gold interlaced strapwork involving fruit, foliage, and cherub's heads (very worn and rust patinated overall, grip a modern replacement) 34in. (86.3cm.)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 27.03.1996
Date of the auction: 27 Mar 1996
Address: Christie's
London, King Street