Eagle Sword with Scabbard
- Mentioned in the 1688; issued in Dresden 1733. Solingen blade. First Half of the 17th Century.
- Materials and technology: blade with diamond-shaped cross section; vessel and fittings gold, cast engraved, black enamelled, red lacquer; wood sheath with ray skin, large and small emeralds in cabochon.
- Dimensions: Length 101 cm Blade length 85 cm Weight 690 g; sheath: 88.5 cm Weight 165 g
The sword has a golden, black enameled hilt in the form of an eagle. The eagle’s head comes out with an impressive profile. The gold open beak shows a red throat, the feathers are made of emeralds around the eyes. The main crown is adorned with a gold-framed as an emerald, which serves as nodules out to screw the handle with the blade. Along the ricasso there’s an inscription with the names of Jesus and Mary.
The short quillons of the sword is formed as an eagle claws with sharp claws, which each hold a gold frame with large emeralds. The eagle on the breast also a big cross on emerald. The creator of the stunning jewelry work has given the eagle in the power and dignity of a rule symbol. The choice of the eagle motif by the principal aims of the sword to the eagle as a symbol of the Roman emperor.
The wooden scabbard has been covered with ray skin and was adorned with, the no longer existing, green-golden girdle of emeralds in 1688 along with several other ceremonial weapons from the armory in the castle. The eagle sword was for a “Roman” a leading figure, preferably designed for a jousting tournament. The jeweler may have been executed by Georg Christoph Dinglinger or by Johann Heinrich Köhler.
Source & Copyright: SKD - Staatliche Kunstsammlunger Dresden