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blade dated 1620
Northern European, probably German
Steel, silver, gold, brass, iron
L. 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm); L. of blade 36 7/8 in. (93.7 cm); W. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 15 oz. (1332.4 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
Inscription: (on both sides of ricasso) profile portrait of a monarch; Inscribed: (etched on obverse side of blade together with lion and ostrich) CONSTANTES·FRTVNA·IVVAT· / GLORIA·VIRTVTEM·SEQVITVR· / PRO·ARIS / ET·FOCIS (etched on reverse side of blade together with eagle and griffin) ARMA·ARMIS·VIM·VI·FRAV: / DEM·FAS·PELLERE·FRAVDE· / ORA·ET·/ LABORA (etched on ricasso, obverse side) M·S·N /ANO·1620 (etched on reverse side of ricasso) C·S·Z·Q [?]
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Weyersberg, Albert. Solinger Schwertschmiede des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts und ihre Erzeungnisse. Solingen, Germany: Verein für Technik und Industrie, 1926. pp. 44–45.

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