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Important German Executionerís Sword, ca. 1603
Iron hilt with straight faceted guard and expanded quillons; faceted pear-shaped pommel. Original tarred cord grip. Broad heavy 34" blade with blunted tip and wide 10" central fuller; deeply engraved with "Fuehr durch deine Barmherzigteit ano 1603" one side and "herr Jesu Christ der du der Guender heiland" other side, with "Martin Heintze/*zu Borna" transversely at the ricasso. Deeply struck cross makerís mark on each side. Blade shows lamination throughout and some forging flaws; still holding a sharp edge. Heavy sword, but very well balanced. Hilt and grip tight to the blade, with no movement and undisturbed peen. Martin Heintze is listed as an executioner in various north German towns between 1586 and 1606. Borna is an ancient Saxon town near Leipzig. Best example we have ever offered.
SS990 $14,995 SOLD
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