Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Saber with Scabbard and Carrying Belt

  • Dated: early 17th century
  • Culture: Polish
  • Medium: Steel, partly etched and gilt; gilt-silver, leather, wood, textile, semiprecious stones
  • Measurements: Weight of sword, 2 lb. 1 oz. (936 g). Weight with scabbard, 4 lb. 4 oz. (1928 g). Length, 37 1/2 in. (95.2 cm). Length of blade, 31 1/2 in. (80 cm. Greatest width of blade, 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm). Greatest thickness of blade, 5/16 in. (.8 cm)
  • Classification: Swords

This is one of a series of twelve jeweled sabers made in Hungarian style for use at the Saxon court in Dresden. These twelve swords are recorded as having had new wrist chains added in 1687 and as having been used again in 1709. This example bears what may be the mark of Georg Hoffmann (recorded 1586–1609), a goldsmith working in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland).

Source: © 2000–2013 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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