Late 16th century. This sword is from a well-known group, another example of which is in the Royal Armouries, Leeds (formerly Tower of London), inventory number IX-159. That example is illustrated in European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, pl.35d. The iron hilts have shell guards and large spherical pommels to balance the heavy blades. The blades are curved, 33" length in this example, with broad and narrow fullers and long false edges. They are decorated with Sun, Moon and arm clutching a sword. These swords were used for fighting in armor with shield and could breach the thinner plates of the arms or lower extremities of an opponent. They are distinguished by their graceful form and destructive capability.