Steel, leather and wire bound grip
Overall: 186.1 cm (73 1/4 in.); Blade: 132.1 cm (52 in.); Quillions: 51.4 cm (20 1/4 in.); Grip: 45.7 cm (18 in.); Ricasso: 25.1 cm (9 7/8 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1508
The sheer size of this sword is both awe-inspiring and intimidating, but the highly ornate engraved details indicate that it wasn't used in battle. Imagine your security system being a guard wielding a blade similar to this one.
This is one of a large series of swords distinguished by the fish-shaped crossbar on the hilt (quillon) and pierced, crutch-shaped pommels. Each sword in this series is also dated and numbered. The crowned monogram of Duke Julius, the year 1574, and the number of this particular sword (N 59) are etched on the portion of the blade between the hilt and the beginning of the sword’s edge (or ricasso).
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