A Proto Mortuary Sword, Circa 1600. With tapering single edged blade, cut with a long fuller running along the back edge, double edged at the point, the sword is signed by the blade-smith within the fuller, with fluted shell-guard decorated with primitively chiselled decoration of the Green Man, retaining original wire bound grip with Turks-heads. Of munition quality. A lovely example.
See page 226 of Stuart C. Mowbary (2013) British Military Swords, Volume One: 1600-1660. ‘The Proto Mortuary Sword’. for similar examples. This sword is similar to an example in the Gunnersbury Park Museum.