Early 17th century. This large sword was made for use on horseback against an armored opponent. The hilt is of large proportions to accommodate the gauntleted hand with long grip and large pommel to balance the long blade. The right side mounts a fluted shell between the hilt rings protecting the hand and channeling a thrusting attack away harmlessly. The 42 1/2" blade bears the Solingen running wolf mark inlaid in brass as well as a light illegible inscription. A no frills working weapon optimizing the features which maximize its efficiency, it is distinguished by its particularly pleasant uniform age patina.