Hans Stromair (German, Augsburg, 1524 or 1525–ca. 1583)
Steel, wood, textile, gold
L. 100 1/2 in. (255.27 cm); blade L. 23 in. (58.42 cm)
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1925
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
This staff weapon was carried by the bodyguard of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II (reigned 1576–1612).
Inscription: Inscribed on the blade: the arms of Austria, surmounted by the imperial orb, and above these, the initial R with a sword and mace on either side and the imperial crown above it; on the opposite side: the imperial crown of Austria beneath the motto AD SIT and the date 1577; near the lower part of the blade: the number 24 and the initials of the engraver, HS (Hans Stromair of Augsburg).
Marking: Stamped on the lower corner of the blade: the armorer's mark.
Ex. coll.: Zschille (Christie's 1897; Lot 452); Keasbey (American Art Gallery, Sale Cat. 1925, no. 222, Plate XXII); George D. Pratt.