17th Century English Mortuary Hilted Broadsword,
Andrea Ferara, (sold)
A good 17th Century English mortuary hilted broadsword with Andrea
A rare 17th English mortuary hilted broadsword with blade marked
to Andrea Ferara; because of the age of this sword, the markings
are likely to be authentic (many late 17th and early to mid 18th
Century blades, especially in Scotland, were marked with variations
of Andrea Ferara's name to signify a quality blade, not that the
blade was in fact made by Mr. Ferara). One of the reasons I believe
this to be an authentic Andrea Ferara blade is that the name is
marked over two sides of the blade; "Andrea" on one side,
"Ferara" on the other.
The 34 inch blade most likely indicates this sword was carried
by an infantry officer. It is worn but still very sound and quite
firm in the hilt. The hilt again is aged but overall very sound.
The leather bound grip I am unsure if it is original or not; it
does have several wood worm holes so it is certainly old.
A very rare sword with a potentially very valuable blade. My reference
number is 907. Full sized / further images available upon request.