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Calendar sword: M.9-1947

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)

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Production: Unknown

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Description

Calendar sword. Back edged blade etched with a calendar and a list of saints' days for the year.

Notes

History note: Sold at Sotheby's July 9th 1931, Lot 91, £40, illustrated. Bought from the Stead Collection, October 18th 1947

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1947-10-18) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Dating

Mid-16th Century
Circa 1540 CE - 1550 CE

Note

This elegant sword, with a walnut grip of possible later date, has a blade engraved with a perpetual calendar. Besides each date, the calendar letters, a to g for Sunday to Saturday, and the names of saints whose festival it is, were etched. The months have a mixture of Germanic and Latin names. This unusual sword was probably more decorative than for actual use.

Components of the work

Blade Length 70.12 cm Width 4 cm
Decoration

Materials used in production

Steel

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Sword, cast with etched decoration

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.9-1947
Primary reference Number: 18879
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 19 April 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 20 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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