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Sword. Schiavona type: HEN.M.297-1933

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Sword. Schiavona type


Unknown (Production)


Bronze 'Katzenkopf' pommel with a central boss on each side formed of a circle consisting of a mix-armed star, between the arms, raised hemispheres. Grip of oval section, spirally fluted and bound with twisted steel wire. Basket-guard of schiavona 2A type. The bars of flat ribbon section have three chiselled channels that run parallel with each edge. There is a long rear quillon that widens at the tip, ending in a small circular knob. This is bent strongly outward towards the lower bars of the basket. Long blade with a deep ricasso of oval section. Below the section changes to a ridged section with four strongly hollowed faces, and a deep fuller running along the ridge to the point. The taper is very slight. On each side of the ricasso is a monogram below a Saxon crown. It presumably applies to Augustus Rex of Saxony (Augustus the Strong), 1670-1733.

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J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 104.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
Circa 1680 CE - 1700 CE


South German of Venetian type.

The hilt is of a type isolated in European Armour as schiavona type 2A

Components of the work

Grip composed of wire ( steel) Sword composed of steel Hilt Length 17.8 cm
Blade Length 89.1 cm
Blade At Hilt Width 3.7 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: P.B.110
  • Type: Tag

Inscription present: Saxon crown and monogram

  • Location: Each side of ricasso
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Monogram

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.297-1933
Primary reference Number: 19126
Old object number: PB 110
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 18 December 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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