Blade signed by Clemens Horn (German, Solingen, 1580–1630)
hilt, British, London; blade, German, Solingen
Iron, silver, wood, copper alloy, steel, gold
L. 39 ¼ in. (99.7 cm); blade L. 30 ¼ in. (76.8 cm); W. of quillons 8 ¾ in. (22.2 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 6.5 oz (1093 g)
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2010
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
This sword is a fine example of the most fashionable type that was worn by noblemen in England at the time of King James I. The silver panels on the hilt were made by an unknown London craftsman and are masterpieces of miniature relief sculpture. The richly etched and gilded blade is signed by Clemens Horn, a renowned bladesmith from Solingen, Germany.