Probably English with Solingen blade by Jaspar Bongen. D form guard decorated with classical figures each side. The left side with an indecipherable smith’s mark. Rounded pommel with figure of Leda and the Swan. The quillon block with a hound and eagle respectively. Fine 20 ¼” scalloped back blade with broad fuller pierced with circle clusters and variant key motif openings. The fuller interrupted at the one third point (area of percussion) and impressed with the crowned stag mark of Jaspar Bongen. The marks repeated on the ricasso. Jaspar Bongen is well represented in public collections including A595 of the Wallace collection, E581, Electoral Armory, Dresden and CMA1916.1629, Cleveland Museum of Arts, pictured p.87, Arms & Armor, Stephen Fliegel, 1999. Bongen is not registered in Solingen, but known by his work. The period of activity about 1610 to 1660, suggests a father and son succession. Original silver mounted scabbard made of black horn, the only such example we are aware of. A fine early hanger from the distinguished collection, the first part of which we offered in 2015.

Stock Number: FNS6825

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