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Sword of Justice
  • Sword of Justice
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1610 and 19th century (pommel (German))
    19th century (rest of sword)
  • Iron and/or steel and silver, blackened and encrusted
  • Length: 100.8 cm
    Width: 5.1 cm
    Weight: 2.36 kg
  • A723
  • European Armoury III
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  • Ceremonial sword of justice, the hilt made up of an oviform pommel with button, encrusted with flowers and leaves of silver, on a blackened ground; spirally wire-bound grip (modern); straight guard of square section terminating in spherical knobs, encrusted like the pommel with silver scrollwork on a dark matt ground. Long, double-edged blade of slightly biconvex or lenticular section.

    Pommel probably German, about 1610; the remainder 19th century.

    L' Art Ancien III, no. 368; V, no. 591.

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer.

    Swords ‘of justice’ were carried before judges in the German Lands as symbols of their authority over life and death.