Swords

English Broadsword (“Mortuary” style – circa 1650):

 

A detail showing the hilt decoration. Human heads were a common feature (there are two rather primitive ones on both sides of the blade) but after Charles I’s execution they were said to be the king’s head. After 1649 these decorations became more prevalent (and often presented a likeness of Charles). It is this practice that caused swords with this type of hilt to be called “Mortuary”:

English Broadword guard detail

A close up of the blade makers market or possible of both the blade maker and the swordsmith:

English Broadsword Smiths Mark

 

Spanish Cup Hilt Rapier (circa 1650):

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European Sword A (with falchion form blade):

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European Sword B (transitional)

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