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Sword: HEN.M.206-1933

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Object information


Unknown (Production)


Sword, etched with an inscription and a figure of mars. Straight quillon, one side ring, probably dating from the 19th century. The pommel and grip date from c.1550, but the blade is probably 19th century.


History note: Unknown before testator, 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


Mid-16th Century
19th century
Circa 1550 CE - Circa 1800 CE - 1900 CE


It is common to find that swords are made from elements from different places and times. Centres such as Solingen in Germany, were renowned for their blades and they were bought by sword makers all over Europe who fitted them with a hilt of their own fashion and period.

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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Sword, cast

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: CDAHZSC
  • Method of creation: Etched

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.206-1933
Primary reference Number: 18905
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 April 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 21 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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