Saber with Scabbard and Carrying Belt, Steel, gold, silver, leather, wood, textile, semiprecious stones, Polish

Saber with Scabbard and Carrying Belt

early 17th century
Steel, gold, silver, leather, wood, textile, semiprecious stones
L. 37 1/2 in. (95.2 cm); L. of blade 31 1/2 in. (80 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 1 oz. (936 g); Wt. of scabbard 2 lb. 3 oz. (992.2 g); Wt. of belt (c); 5 oz. (141.7 g)
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
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 Wrocław, Poland).
#4430. Saber with Scabbard and Carrying Belt
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Ex. coll.: Historisches Museum, Dresden; Prince Ernst Heinrich; Bashford Dean.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Imperial Turkey and its European Echoes," November 15, 1973–March 3, 1974 No catalogue.

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Erben, Wilhelm Dr. "Noch einige Worte über Fringia, Genoa und Sichelmarke." Zeitschrift für Historische Waffenkunde (1902), pp. 218–24 (numbered pp. 270–76 in original text), pl. 35–36.

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Haenel, Erich. Kostbare Waffen aus der Dresdner Rüstkammer. Leipzig: Hiersemann, 1923. p. 124, pl. 62, fig. c.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stephen V. Grancsay, and Carl Otto von Kienbusch. The Bashford Dean Collection of Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Portland, Maine: Southworth Press for the Armor and Arms Club of New York City, 1933. p. 217–18, no. 168, pl. LIII.

Jarnuszkiewicz, Czesław. Szabla Wschodnia I Jej Typy Narodowe. London: Antykwariat R. Wernika, 1973. p. 98, fig. 81.

Schaal, Dieter. Vermisste Kunstwerke des Historischen Museums Dresden. Dresden: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, 1990. pp. 30–31, no. 57, ill.