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Dean Castle Arms and Armour


Parade sword


A parade sword such as this object would not have been used for combat, but rather as a display of power and authority. The blunt-pointed blade is inscribed on both sides, with one bearing a cross and the other three identical markings. The hilt is highly decorated with multiple elements. It has an octagonal faceted pommel with circular hammered details, a wire wrapped grip with sailor's knot ferrules, a pierced shell guard decorated with a flower and concentric circles. The hilt also has several guard arms with hammered detailed, a crosshatched ricasso, and, if you look closely, a tiny serpent tucked under the shellguard.

Place of Production:
Dean Castle
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Creation Date:
c. 1600
East Ayrshire Council

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