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Practice Sword

Bladesmith:
Ulrich Diefstetter (German, Au ca. 1536–ca. 1589 Au (now Munich))
Date:
ca. 1575
Geography:
Munich
Culture:
German, Munich
Medium:
Steel, leather, wood, brass
Dimensions:
L. 50 5/8 in. (128.5 cm); L. of blade 40 3/4 in. (103.5 cm); W. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 15 oz. (1332.4 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1110
Not on view
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
New Gallery. Exhibition of the Royal House of Tudor: The New Gallery, Regent Street. London: The Gallery, 1890. pp. 157–158, nos. 662 and 663 (two practice swords similar to ours although bearing different marks and lacked etched decoration; a sketch by B. Dean of one sword in the Dept. copy of this catalogue confirms the similarities).

Stöcklein, Hans. Zeitschrift für historische Waffenkunde 8 (1918–1920). pp. 370–385 (work of Melchior Diefstetter identified).

La Rocca, Donald J., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 27, ill.



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