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Two-handed sword
  • Two-handed sword
  • Christoph I Stantler (active between: 1555 - c. 1600) , Swordsmith
  • Germany
  • c. 1600
  • Iron or steel, leather, copper alloy and wood, blackened
  • Length: 127.2 cm, blade
    Length: 34.5 cm, grip
    Width: 4.9 cm, blade
    Width: 43.5 cm, quillons
    Weight: 3.3 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A470
  • European Armoury III
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  • Two-handed sword, having a blackened hilt; cylindrical pommel of octagonal section, with button on top; long oval grip bound with leather (spirally grooved), and studded with brass-headed rivets; forward-curving guard of oblong section terminating in curls, with two more springing from the sides; large side-ring on either side surrounding a fleur-de-lys; the two-edged blade with wavy, flamboyant edges bearing on each side the maker's mark; strong ricasso covered with wood and bound with leather tooled with a fretty pattern; strong side lugs.

    The mark is that used by Christoph I (d. 1601) and II (d. 1634), Stantler of Munich. Christoph I Stantler was a Passau swordsmith who had emigrated to Munich by about 1555. (For Christoph I see Stöcklein in Z.H.W.K., V, pp. 244-8, for Stantler family see Stöcklein in Z.H.W.K., V, pp.288-9). There is a series of two-hand swords with this mark in the Bayr. Nationalmuseum at Munich; in the Historical Museum at Vienna (one dated 1575); five are in the Musée de l' Armée, Paris (J 41, 42, 48, 50, 51), and many others elsewhere. Compare the mark on No. A467.