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Auction: Auction 17.12.2013
was auctioned on: 17 December 2013
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Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000
ca. US$16,384 - US$24,576
Price realised:  £37,500
ca. US$61,441
Lot number 66, Views: 50

A VERY RARE ENGLISH BOWMAN'S SWORD CIRCA 1450 With single-edged blade double-edged towards the point, cut with a single short fuller and struck with a maker's mark, a star and three pellets within a shield-shaped punch, on each face, iron guard comprising rear quillon of chamfered square section with flattened finial, rounded block incised with a pair of shallow lines on each side and extending to the knuckle-guard of flattened rectangular section with rounded pierced finial, tapering tang of flattened rectangular section retaining slight traces of the original grip, and plan flattened cap pommel with a pierced rounded extension similar to the knuckle-guard, the piercings almost certainly for a leather lanyard, the whole blued and in finely preserved condition 28in. (71cm.) blade The 1966 catalogue entry notes "The Wakefield sword was acquired by the present owner shortly after its excavation during the course of the digging of a ditch at teh site of teh Battle of Wakefield (1460) A similar sword is held in the collection of the Royal Armouries (No. IX.144). See C. Blair, European and American Arms , No. 61

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 17.12.2013
Date of the auction: 17 Dec 2013
Address: Christie's
17 December 2013, London, South Kensington