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Hunting sword with scabbard
  • Hunting sword with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- possibly Germany; blade- probably Solingen, Germany
  • c. 1660
  • Steel, gold and leather, chiselled, gilded and decorated with pointillé punch-work
  • Length: 80.8 cm
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 0.585 kg, sword
    Weight: 0.225 kg, scabbard
  • Inscription: 'ABONIUS', with flowers and figures
    Inscription: 'HIPPOMIUS' with flowers and figures
    Inscription: 'SOLI DEO GLORIA / SI DEUS PRO NUBIS QUIS CONTER NUS / SI DEUS PRO NUBIS QUIS CONTRA NUS / VINCERE AUT MORI'
  • A701
  • European Armoury III
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  • Hunting sword and scabbard, the flat hilt made entirely of steel. The pommel and grip are constructed in one hollow piece, of rectangular section, pierced and chiselled with scenes of boar hunting on one side, and stag hunting on the other. The knuckle-guard and single ring-guard have been chiselled with foliage and oval panels pierced and chased with a bear and a stag; re-curved quillon. The terminals, borders, bands and the surface of the sides of the grip and the inside of the ring are fully gilt. On the sides of the grip and the pommel there is a delicate pointillé pattern of running foliage.

    The blade is of triangular section, hollow ground on each side, the back edge beveled. The sides are etched in the Solingen manner with flowers and heroic figures inscribed ABONIUS and HIPPOMIUS, and the mottos frequently found on Solingen blades:

    SOLI DEO GLORIA

    SI DEUS PRO NUBIS QUIS CONTER NUS (twice)
    (Si Deus pro nobis quis contra nos)

    VINCERE AUT MORI

    Scabbard covered with black leather and mounted with a locket and chape of steel chiselled in low relief like the hilt; on one side of the locket is a huntsman and hound. It is furnished with three rings for suspension.

    About 1660; hilt possibly German; blade German (probably Solingen).

    L' Art Ancien 26, I; Lièvre, Collections celebres. Pl. 97, Musée Graphique, pl. XX

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.