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    German Executioner’s Sword, 17th C

    German Executioner’s Sword, 17th C

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    Silver-gilt cruciform steel hilt with octagonal quillons swelling toward the baluster finials;
    chiseled quillon block.  Delicately chiseled ovoid pommel; wood grip with cord and leather
    wrap (possibly original) secured with ferrules top and bottom.  Broad (2 3/8") double-edged
    33 ½" blade of lens section with blunted end as typically found.  Deep central fuller on each
    side, engraved “Die herren Steuren Dein unheil.  Ich Exequiere Ihr Endts urtheil” (Men
    control your misdeeds.  I execute your judgement) on one side and “Wan Ich das Schwert
    thue aufheben wunsch ich dem Sunder das Ewigleben”, (When I pick up the sword I wish
    the sinner eternal life) on the other.  This inscription is typical of German executioner
    swords in that even as the criminal is condemned to death for his crime, the desire is that
    they find redemption in the eyes of God.  Blade also features engraved naked female
    figure of Justitia on one side below the fuller and Prudentia on the other; engraved floral
    decor flanking the fullers.  Much better quality workmanship than typically found.  Very
    good condition with generally smooth metal and retaining traces of the original silver gilding
    on hilt.  Overall length 42 1/2".

    Code
    SB1784c
    Period
    17th Century
    Nationality
    German

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