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German Executioner’s Sword, ca. 1650

Iron hilt featuring tapering square-section quillons with faceted button terminals and rectangular quillon block. Faceted ovoid pommel with button; leather over cord grip wrap with brazed ferrules top and bottom. Heavy and broad 32 ½" blade of lens section with rounded point and deep fuller on each side running approximately a third of its length; finely etched with Lady Justica wielding a sword and scales on one side and Lady Prudentia on the other and the German text: "Wan Ich das Schwert thue aufheben wunsch Ich dem Sunder das Leben" one side and "Die herren steuren dein unheil Ich Exequiere Ihr Endis urtheil". This means roughly "When I throw this sword I wish the sinner life" and "The men steer your evil. I execute the final judgement" The blade was professionally cleaned by conservators at the Tower of London. Overall length 42 ½".

SB1300c $8500  SOLD

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