Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: adelaide south australia
Boca de Caballo Sword
I am also passionate about marks but find them very frustrating. The only H I could find that vaguely resembled the mark on this sword was listed as Maria Hortuna 17th Century Esoana (Toledo) Ref LENKIEWICZ-Zygmunt 1000 Marks of European Blade Makers Pp29. I have attached the extract.
As for this H or whatever it is, looks like a squat H to me though, I am hoping someone out there has seen it before and can shed some light on it.
With regard to this sword, what appears to be unusual is that it is a backsword blade, not broadsword. All of these swords in my reference books are broadswords. This might be why the previous owner was of the opinion that the blade predates the hilt and that the original engraving has been removed or altered to accommodate a latter monarch.
Any other examples of these swords with backsword blades would be appreciated.
Also, this example has straight quillons, any thoughts about when these came in or where they around at the same time as the curved ones.
Cheers Cathey and Rex