Detail View: The AMICA Library: Two-Handed Sword of the State Guard of Julius of Brunswick-Lunüneburg

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.1916.1508
AMICA Library Year: 
1998
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Nationality: 
European; Northern European; German
Creator Dates/Places: 
Germany
Creator Name-CRT: 
Germany, Brunswick, dated 1574
Title: 
Two-Handed Sword of the State Guard of Julius of Brunswick-Lunüneburg
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
1574
Creation Start Date: 
1574
Creation End Date: 
1574
Materials and Techniques: 
steel, leather and wire bound grip
Classification Term: 
Armor
Classification Term: 
Arms
Classification Term: 
Arms
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
Rights: 
Context: 
This is one of a large series of swords carried by the state guard of Duke Julius of Brunswick and Lüneburg. 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.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
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