Rapier of Prince-Elector Christian II of Saxony (1583–1611)

Sword cutler: Hilt by Israel Schuech (German, Dresden, active ca. 1590–1610)

Bladesmith: Blade by Juan Martinez (Spanish, Toledo, active ca. 1600)

Date: dated 1606

Geography: Dresden; Toledo

Culture: hilt, German, Dresden; blade, Spanish, Toledo

Medium: Steel, bronze, gold, enamel, paste jewels, cameos, pearls, wood

Dimensions: L. 48 in. (121.9 cm); L. of blade 41 1/4 in. (104.8 cm); W. 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 4 oz. (1474 g)

Classification: Swords

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1970

Accession Number: 1970.77


This hilt is the only recorded work of the Dresden sword cutler Israel Schuech. It is one of the best examples of a rapier hilt made with the same materials, techniques, and quality as the fine sculpture, jewelry, and goldsmiths' work for which the Saxon Court was famous.