A Fine Proto Mortuary Sword, Circa 1644. With broad double edged blade, cut with a shallow fuller on both sides and pointed at the tip, engraved â€˜D E L REI 1644â€™ with a helmeted head on one side and â€˜E SPADEIRâ€¦.â€™ With a helmeted head on the other, with fluted shell-guard decorated with raised masks of the Green Man, wooden grip with original â€™Turks-headsâ€™. (Old repair to one of the branches of the guard) In fine untouched condition.
See page 226 of Stuart C. Mowbary (2013) British Military Swords, Volume One: 1600-1660. â€˜The Proto Mortuary Swordâ€™. for similar examples. This sword is similar to an example in the York Castle Museum.
Blade Length: 35 Inches (88.90 cm)
Overall Length: 42 Inches (106.68 cm)