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Smallsword: HEN.M.261-1933

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Object information


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Small sword, inscribed Pro Gloria et Patria.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


Mid-18th Century
Production date: circa CE 1750


Blade engraved PRO GLORIA ET PATRIA (for glory and the fatherland) - the motto of the state of Prussia. The hilt is bronze gilt, ormolu, with guards chiselled with shells, scrolls and swirls in the rococo style.

Components of the work

Sword: composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Pro Gloria et Patria
  • Method of creation: Inscribed

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.261-1933
Primary reference Number: 19036
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 April 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 21 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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