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Two-Handed Sword

Artist/maker unknown, German

Geography:
Made in Germany, Europe
Probably made in Brunswick, Germany, Europe

Date:
1573

Medium:
(Blade) engraved steel; (hilt) pierced, filed, engraved, and blackened iron alloy; wood; leather; velvet; brass wire mesh

Dimensions:
Overall: 1 feet 9 5/8 inches × 8 5/16 inches × 6 feet 4 13/16 inches, 10.3 lb. (54.9 × 21.1 × 195.1 cm, 4650g) Pommel: 4 5/8 × 7/8 × 2 5/8 inches (11.7 × 2.2 × 6.7 cm) Grip: 17 11/16 × 2 1/4 inches (44.9 × 5.7 cm) Quillons: 1 9/16 × 21 5/8 × 8 5/16 inches (4 × 54.9 × 21.1 cm) Blade: 4 feet 7 7/8 inches, 2 1/8 × 1/4 inches (141.9 × 5.4 × 0.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

* Gallery 246, Arms and Armor, second floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

Accession Number:
1977-167-569

Credit Line:
Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

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Label:
This sword belongs to a series of about three hundred made from 1573 to 1574 for the bodyguard of Duke Julius of Brunswick- Wolfenbüttel (ruled 1568 to 1589).


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