Basket-hilted Sword

Blade by Johannes Wundes the Younger German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376

English hilts of this type, with chiseled ornament featuring portrait medallions, are often referred to as mortuary swords. The term seems to be an invention of nineteenth-century collectors and refers to a supposed likeness between King Charles I (executed in 1649) and the portrait medallions on the hilts.

Basket-hilted Sword, Blade by Johannes Wundes the Younger (Germany, Solingen, active mid-17th century), Steel, wood, silver, hilt, British; blade, German

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