18 June 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 3,500
GBP 2,800 - GBP 3,200
A GERMAN EXECUTIONER'S SWORD
With broad flat blade cut with a gibbet device inlaid in latten on one side at the forte, a Wheel of Justice device also in latten on the opposing side, and cut with a brief inscription together with the date on one side towards the point, brass hilt cast with panels of scrollwork in low relief on a contrasting matted ground, and the grip retaining its original wire binding (binding loose)
35¾in (90.9cm) blade
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The inscription reads: 'Wen ich das Richtschwerdt wähole Gott gnad der amen Seele 1709'
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