Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Cross Hilt Sword

Blade signed by Clemens Horn (German, Solingen, 1580–1630)
London; Solingen
hilt, British, London; blade, German, Solingen
Iron, silver, wood, copper alloy, steel, gold
L. 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm); L. of blade 30 1/4 in. (76.8 cm); W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 6.5 oz (1093 g)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2010
Accession Number:
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.
Inscription: Inscribed on the front of the blade: CLEMENS / HORN[?]C / ME FECIT / SOLINGEN (Made by Clemens Horn in Solingen); FIRT FVNE / RI SVPERST (Virtue outlasts death); on the reverse: FIDE SED / CVI VIDE (Trust but know who you trust); PVGN PRO / PATRIA (Fight for one's country); GLORIA VIR / TUTEM SEQ (Glory follows valor).
(Private collection, Maine, until 2010; sold to MMA).
Southwick, Leslie. "English Swords, c. 1600–c. 1660, Aspects of Design, Ornament and Manufacture." The Spring 2017 London Park Lane Arms Fair (2017), pp. 42–43, 51, figs. 20a–g.

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