Cavalry Walloon Broadsword
- Dated: beginning of the 17th century
- Culture: French or German
- Measurements: overall length 99 cm; blade length 87 cm; weight 0.95 kg
This cavalry basket-hilted sword called “Wallonne” in France or “Walloon” is a weapon originating from the 16th century in Northern Europe countries with a rising popularity in the 17th century and remaining in widespread use until 1730.
The hilt is typical of the Walloon swords featuring two large side-rings, two plates, one pierced with small holes and the second plain with a large thumb-ring on reverse. The knucklebow has an expanded central section, joining a large ovoid pommel.
The sword has large scrolled single quillon, braided iron wire-wrapped grip and a flat blade ending with a rounded tip. Originally, apparently, these swords showed up in the Netherlands around 1640 during the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648).
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