In aged but sound condition, a rare Walloon Hilted Circa 1650 English Civil War Broadsword.
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The forward guard / hilt section has the “perforated” Dutch Walloon hilt copied style typical of English broadsword and backswords circa 1650; the English Civil War ended in 1651. Historically, with respect to the copied Dutch hilt styling, it should be noted that many Protestant English Civil War officers had fought in the Dutch War of Independence (Eighty Years War) against Spain; hence the sword likely was carried by a Parliamentarian under the victor Cromwell.
The typical 30 1/2 inch blade has inert rust pitting / patina throughout but is firm in the hilt. The blade does have very old if not period nicks which indicates it did see battle under Cromwell. The inscription to the central blade fuller is visible but not legible to us. The hilt / guard is complete but weakened by age / erosion and there are a couple of breaks; overall though, sound enough if regularly oiled / waxed. The holed wooden grip is almost certainly a more modern replacement but with some age, possibly Victorian.
Incredible, an English Civil War broadsword, complete, for was £? (too late, now sold)? We must be crazy! Please quote item reference X81. Further / full sized images available upon request. Tube 1353-105×16 (2.760).