English Proto – Mortuary Sword circa 1650


English civil war period proto – mortuary sword.




This sword was part of a group of English swords with a simple and plain hilt design referred to as proto-mortuary in the middle of the 17th century. A sword of this quality would have been produced for the ordinary foot soldier and not for officers. Thirty two inches long with a twenty seven inch double edge blade ( marked 1414 to the central fuller ) simple clam shell iron guard with flat pommel. The wooden grip shows patination from long use and would have been leather bound when first made. ( may be a very small loss in length to the blade, not more than 1 inch. This would have been through use and not a cosmetic repair ) A very rare and historic piece from the English civil war. Very good overall condition.