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Sword of Justice
  • Sword of Justice
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 1561
  • Iron or steel, canvas and cord
  • Length: 60.2 cm
    Width: 8.7 cm
    Weight: 1.84 kg
  • Inscription: 'Komm her Tior meine Faust .. at Fülen Granst Z.R. (or K.) T.1561' In Gothic style
  • A722
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
  • Ceremonial sword of justice, the hilt composed of a rounded pommel with ten facets; oval grip swelling in the centre, bound with canvas and with 'Turk's head' knots of coloured cord; long, straight guard of octagonal section ending in knobs, faceted like the pommel. Short, broad blade of flattened diamond section with point, with a rhyming inscription:

    Komm her Tior meine Faust… at Fülen Granst Z. R. (or K). T. 1561

    (Come here to my fist [so that they may] feel fright)

    German, dated 1561.

    The blade has probably been shortened and given a point. Two nicks taken from the corners of the blade near the hilt suggest that they did not originally belong together.

    Many so-called 'heading swords' of this type are more probably swords of justice, carried before judges in the German Lands as symbols of their authority over life and death.