The Wallace Collection

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Sword
  • Sword
  • Peter Knecht (born 1796)
  • Solingen, Germany
  • 1530 - 1770
    c. 1530 (hilt)
    c. 1770 (blade)
  • Iron or steel, wood, leather and copper alloy, blackened and etched
  • Length: 95.7 cm, blade
    Width: 4 cm
    Weight: 1.245 kg
  • Inscription: 'NO ME SAQUES SIN RAZON / NO ME ENVAYNES SIN HONOR' Etched
    Maker's mark: 'P. KNECHT' Engraved on one side
    Stamp: 'SOLINGEN' Near maker's name
    Inscription: 'SOLINGEN' Engraved on the other side
    Stamp: 'P. KNECHT' On the other side
    Stamp: '259' On the other side
  • A520
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
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  • Sword, the blackened hilt comprising a fig-shaped pommel with spirally writhen gadroons (cf. A489), pierced for the end of a knuckle-guard and therefore not the original to this hilt; oval, wooden grip bound with leather and studded with ten brass-headed rosettes (five now missing); horizontally recurved guard of diamond section ending in knobs writhen like the pommel; oval side-ring and trefoil thumb-guard; single-edged blade of triangular section, the central hollow etched with the following Spanish inscription:–

    NO ME SAQUES SIN RAZON

    ('Draw me not without reason')

    NO ME ENVAYNES SIN HONOR

    ('Sheathe me not without honor')

    Near the hilt, on one side, is engraved the maker's name: P. Knecht, and the word Solingen stamped; on the other, Solingen is engraved and the name P. Knecht stamped, together with the number 259. The blade does not appear ever to have been sharpened.

    Wallace Collection A641 carries the same inscription. The name is that of the Solingen family that traded in swords, rather than manufactured them, in the 18th century; a Peter Knecht was born in 1796, son of Johann Peter Knecht.