Object Title

Sword - Executioner's sword

Sword - Executioner's sword

Date

1600-1640

Object Number

IX.35

Provenance

In Tower Collection before 1916.

Physical Description

The hilt is made up of a fig-shaped pommel and tang-button of gilt brass (copper alloy). The grip is of wood covered in leather (original) and bears a ferrule at topa and bottom. The short, stout, quillons, swell towards their terminals.
The two-edged blade is broad and terminates in a typical rounded, blunt tip. A shallow fuller runs along each face of the blade and inscribed : 'MEFECIT SOLINGEN'. The inscription is surrounded by a freely etched foliate pattern , including doves. There is also a makers mark, of a winged Angel, stamped on each face of the blade attributed to Clemens KKeuller ('von dem Engel')..

Techniques

Etching, Gilding, Handmade

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength1006 mm
OverallWeight1843 g
BladeLength787 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Makers
MEFECIT SOLINGEN
On both faces of blade, in each fuller
Inscribed
Makers
The' Angel' mark of the Solingen bladesmith Clemens Keuller or Koller ('von dem Engel'), active in the last quarer of the 16th century and the first quarter of the 17th century (1580-1620).
On each face of blade, at the shoulder.
Stamped

Associations

Bibliographic References

Royal Armouries (Leeds), Torture and Punishment, [3rd edn], Leeds, 1997, p. 28, lower illus., bottom (col., overall view).