Germany, Brunswick, dated 1574 / Two-Handed Sword of the State Guard of Julius of Brunswick-Lunüneburg / 1574Germany, Brunswick, dated 1574
Two-Handed Sword of the State Guard of Julius of Brunswick-Lunüneburg

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Dates/Places: Germany
Creator Active Place: Germany
Creator Name-CRT: Germany, Brunswick, dated 1574
Title: Two-Handed Sword of the State Guard of Julius of Brunswick-Lun√ľneburg
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1574
Creation End Date: 1574
Creation Date: 1574
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Armor
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: steel, leather and wire bound grip
Dimensions: Overall: , Blade: , Quillions: 51.4cm, Grip: 45.7cm, Ricasso: 25.1cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1916.1508
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance
Context: This is one of a large series of swords carried by the state guard of Duke Julius of Brunswick and L√ľneburg. They are distinguished by their quillions filed in the shape of fish and their pierced crutch-shaped pommels. Each sword in this series is dated and numbered. On the ricasso--that portion of the blade between the hilt and the beginning of the edge--is the etched crowned monogram of Duke Julius with the date 1574 and N 59, the number of this particular sword. Two-handed swords, originally a weapon of war for specialist infantry, are so-named because the weapon required two hands to wield it. By the late 1600s these enormous swords assumed a largely ceremonial or bodyguard function, as was the case here. The weight of the sword is only 8-1/2 pounds and is well-balanced for easy use.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1916.1508
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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