Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1650

Object Number

IX.907

Provenance

said to be from the Arsenal at Zurich, Switzerland.

Physical Description

Steel hilt of characteristic Swiss type; the pommel chiselled in the form of a monster's (lion's?) head, achain (modrn replacement joins it to the forward quillon; double ring guards filled by pierced plates. The wooden grip is covered with leather over copper wire.
The long curved blade, back edged for 8 inches from the point and lightly etched at the forte with 1) a tulip, 2) the inscription: 'VINCO (sic) AUT m(ori), 3) an arm and ahand holding afalchion and 4) the inscription: 'INTER ARM(ES) SILENT LEG(ES)' and 5) a rose. . On the other face are similarly etched patterns with the inscriptins 'PRO CHRISTO ET PATREA (sic' and 'VINCERE AUT MORI'.

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1062 mm (41.8 in), Blade length: 846 mm (33.3 in) Weight: 105.63 g (2lb 7 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

An unidentified mark stamped art the base of the blade.

Associations

Places Switzerland

Bibliographic References

AR Dufty, 'European Swords & Daggers in the Tower of London', London: HMSO, 1974, Pl. 35c