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  • Rapier of Prince-Elector Christian II of Saxony, 1606
    Hilt by Israel Schuech (Dresden, active ca. 1590–1610); Blade by Juan Martinez (Toledo, Spain)
    German (Dresden)
    Steel, bronze-gilt with traces of enamel, paste jewels, cameos, pearls

    L. 48 in. (122 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1970 (1970.77)

    This hilt is the only recorded work of the Dresden sword cutler Israel Schuech. The decoration of strapwork and allegorical figures, set with paste jewels and formerly enameled, parallels contemporary goldsmiths' work at the opulent Saxon court.

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    Rapier of Prince-Elector Christian II of Saxony, 1606
    Hilt by Israel Schuech (Dresden, active ca. 1590–1610); Blade by Juan Martinez (Toledo, Spain)
    German (Dresden)
    Steel, bronze-gilt with traces of enamel, paste jewels, cameos, pearls

    L. 48 in. (122 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1970 (1970.77)


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