Mid 17th Century (Circa 1650) English Civil
War Mortuary Sword (sold)
In good condition, an English civil war officer's sword marked
to Andrea Farara with 17C Passau running wolf.
A rare English Civil War sword, most likely a Royalist's sword
as there are no depictions of the beheading of King Charles 1st,
which sparked the third of the three wars that collectively are
refereed to as one.
This particular sword has a Prussian made blade despite the fact
it is marked, as was often the case, to Andrea Farara, courtesy
of the 17th Century Passau Wolf mark. The Andrea Farara markings
lending some credence to the theory this was a Royalist's sword.
The 34 1/4 inch blade shows signs of wear and age, plus some evocative
nicks to the cutting edge; the blade is overall in very sound condition
and firm in the hilt. The hilt has one broken bar and one broken
pommel hook, plus one that is astray; this is not a big deal given
the age and probable history of the sword and could be repaired
if so desired, though I would be inclined to leave as is. The original
leather or possibly fishskin grip covering covering has gone, but
the turk's head ferrules are still present, which means the wooden
grip base is original. A superb slice of history at a very reasonable
price. Further / full sized images available upon request. Please
quote item reference number C05 (623).