Originally Posted by Cathey
Great collection of baskets and I particularly like #191 the mortuary sword. Like you I have never seen one with a thumb ring before
Cheers Cathey and Rex
Interesting indeed as I also never recall seeing a thumb ring on a 'mortuary' type hilt. It seems that a good number of these swords were fabricated in the Hounslow factory, which was of course largely comprised of German makers brought into England earlier under the auspices of the King.
Is it possible that this characteristically European , especially German, feature may have been incorporated into this and perhaps a number of these hilts recalling those traditions?