Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Cross Hilt Sword

Blade signed by Clemens Horn (German, Solingen, 1580–1630)
London; Solingen
hilt, British, London; blade, German, Solingen
Iron, silver, wood, copper alloy, steel, gold
L. 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm); L. of blade 30 1/4 in. (76.8 cm); W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 6.5 oz (1093 g)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2010
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
This sword is a fine example of the most fashionable type that was worn by noblemen in England at the time of King James I. The silver panels on the hilt were made by an unknown London craftsman and are masterpieces of miniature relief sculpture. The richly etched and gilded blade is signed by Clemens Horn, a renowned bladesmith from Solingen, Germany.
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