A Sword of Justice, c. 1740

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840 4 v2

Item ref: 840

  • Germany
  • Iron, bronze, wood and shagreen
  • 110 cm / 43 in

Provenance:

Historic Collections of the Dukes of Brunswick successively at Schloss Cumberland, Schloss Blankenburg and Schloss Marienburg

Swords of this form, known as ‘Executioners Swords’ are not popularly thought to have been used for executions, but were carried upright before a Lord or Prince as a symbol of respect for his power as a lawgiver. 

 

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