Cross Hilt Sword

Bladesmith: Blade signed by Clemens Horn (German, Solingen, 1580–1630)

Date: 1600–1625

Geography: London; Solingen

Culture: hilt, British, London; blade, German, Solingen

Medium: Iron, silver, wood, copper alloy, steel, gold

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Swords

Credit Line: Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2010

Accession Number: 2010.165


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.