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I offer for sale a mid 17th century, Northern European, Transitional small-sword, which bears the remains of Moon marks both sides of the blade, suggesting perhaps that a leading Toledo blade-smith of the time - Juan Martinez may have produced this blade(?) 

Martinez was producing high quality swords/sword blades in imitation of Solingen made blades, as Solingen was potentially the leading manufacturer of sword blades in Europe during the mid 1600's. Juan Martinez used a 'Man in the Moon' crescent moon stamp mark, the crescent moon bordered around the curved side by a broad parallel curved line (illustration attached). The curved parallel line remains clear on the blade.


The broad tapering, lenticular cross-section blade measures some 77 cm or 30 1/4 inches in length and is double edged for it's entire length, having a broad single fuller cut into the blade running forwards from the forte for a distance of 17cm or 6 1/2 inches. Immediately in front of the fuller is stamped a moon mark each side of the blade. The blade has very slight distortion due to it's 370 years of use, but nothing major. The blade surface bears a visible, single slight surface fracture line on one side, but it is only surface deep and does not compromise the blade whatsoever, (purely visual and hardly noticeable). The blade retains a reasonably sharp cutting edge both sides.- with the odd 'ding' to the cutting edge. Finally the blade is secure with the hilt no discernible movement.


The hilt is made of brass and comprises a typical 17th century double dish guard chiselled (or cast) with mythical naked figures, animals and scrollwork. The Pas-d'Ane lie behind the dish guard and a wooden grip bound with double wraps of brass grip wire is secured with 'Turks head' knots either end. The ovoid pommel is similarly decorated and bears a pommel button to which the tang of the blade is secured. The quillon block is similarly decorated and leads to a stirrup shaped knuckle-guard bearing a naked figure and leaves to it's mid-section. The rear quillon is off-centre like so many of them are found.


A mid 17th century Transitional small-sword with a brass decorated hilt (instead of iron) and a blade potentially by a listed Toledo blade-smith of the day.

Spanish or German 1600's small-sword

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