German longsword by an unknown artist / maker. The blade dates from the 14th century and was fitted to this new hilt around 1580. It is made of iron or steel, copper, cord and leather, and blued. It is 37.5 inches long, with a blade width of just over 2 inches and weights 4.5 pounds. The unknown maker's mark is a bell within a shield in copper. It is #A477 in the Wallace Collection in London, England.
This sword exhibits the handling characteristics of the swords used in the Liechtenauer's manual of Armoured Fencing (Kampffechten or Harnischfechten) as recorded in the Codex 1449 manuscript compiled by Peter von Danzig in 1452, Danzig's fechtbuch.
Longsword. Unknown Artist / Maker. Germany. c. 1530 - c. 1540 (pommel and guards (German). Probably late 16th century (blade). Iron or steel, rope and leather, blackened. Length: 103.5 cm. Length: 17.5 cm, grip. Width: 2.8 cm. Weight: 1.3 kg. Inscription: 'SIGNOR' with a cross on both sides. Wallace Collection A492. European Armoury I