Basket-Hilted Sword


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376

This sword is believed to have belonged to Sir William Twysden (1566–1628), who was knighted by King James I in 1603, served in Parliament for many years, and was a collector of books and manuscripts. It is one of the finest examples of a silver encrusted English basket-hilted sword of this period.

Basket-Hilted Sword, Steel, silver, gold, leather, British

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