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  • Place of origin:

    Hounslow (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1690 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pierced steel hilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Physical description

Sword, basket hilt of pierced steel, the blade inscribed 'ME FECIT HOUNSLOE', from the Hounslow factory.

Place of Origin

Hounslow (made)


ca. 1690 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Pierced steel hilt

Marks and inscriptions

1) Makers's mark; On the blade; inscribed


Height: 10.1 cm, Width: 16.4 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: The Hounslow factory, established in 1629 by Sir William Heydon, employed Solingen craftsmen. It flourished in the 1630's and 1640's, with some craftsmen staying on during the English Civil War. After the War, the factory seems to have gradually declined, closing sometime after 1672. Hounslow blades were still prized however. Examples are often found mounted on high quality English officers swords of the early 18th century.

Descriptive line

Sword, basket hilt of pierced steel, from the Hounslow factory, English, ca. 1690


Arms & Armour


Metalwork Collection

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