Germany. Steel, gold, wood.
Private collection, Europe
Although our fine sword resembles a conventional European small-sword of its period, its robust hilt well decorated with scenes of military conflict and its heavy blade indicate that it was originally the property of a military officer in the service of the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin during the period of rule of Duke Carl Leopold. Mecklenburg- Schwerin was a duchy on the western Baltic coast of northern Germany and Carl Leopold (1678-1747) was its ruler 1713-47. The duchy was involved in the Great Northern War 1700-21 and this, together with its geographical position between the powerful states of Hannover and Prussia, involved both the duchy and Duke Carl Leopold in prolonged periods of conflict that eventually resulted in the duke’s exile from 1719 to 1727.
The hilt of gilded metal cast and chased overall in the Baroque manner with scenes depicting conflicts between European and Turkish soldiers. The heavy blade of flattened hexagonal and then diamond section engraved and gilded in panels with the inscription Carl Leopold and with the Arms of the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
Size: Length 97.5 cm / 38.4 in