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Manouchehr M.





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PostPosted: Thu 25 Mar, 2010 2:34 pm    Post subject: Sword of Saint Maurice         Reply with quote

I have posted some pictures of the reproduction of Reichsschwert on my blog



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http://dr.mmkhorasani.com/2010/03/normal-0-21...4_686.html

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Maurizio D'Angelo




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PostPosted: Thu 25 Mar, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dott. Manouchehr,

by article:
This type of blade can be differentiated from older types of swords of the 11th and mid-12th century that had wider and flatter fullers, often decorated with inlaid inscriptions. Schulze-Dörrlamm (1995:19) points out that the Reichsschwert has two silver-inlaid maker’s mark of a simple cross crosslet in a sunwheel (Krückenkreuz), one on each side in the fullers.

While on the one hand the symbol is very clear on the other hand I can not find a trace of it. You see a sign just beyond recognition, it is difficult to say that is a cross, it seems little more than a scratch.

Guard and pommel are silver, coated with gold? If is so, impressive work.

I love this sword. It looks like a queen. I'd like to keep it in hand, but I do not know how to talk to a queen. Happy

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This is the only cross that I see.


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Manouchehr M.





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PostPosted: Fri 26 Mar, 2010 9:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Maurizio D'Angelo wrote:
Dott. Manouchehr,

by article:
This type of blade can be differentiated from older types of swords of the 11th and mid-12th century that had wider and flatter fullers, often decorated with inlaid inscriptions. Schulze-Dörrlamm (1995:19) points out that the Reichsschwert has two silver-inlaid maker’s mark of a simple cross crosslet in a sunwheel (Krückenkreuz), one on each side in the fullers.

While on the one hand the symbol is very clear on the other hand I can not find a trace of it. You see a sign just beyond recognition, it is difficult to say that is a cross, it seems little more than a scratch.

Guard and pommel are silver, coated with gold? If is so, impressive work.

I love this sword. It looks like a queen. I'd like to keep it in hand, but I do not know how to talk to a queen. Happy

Regards


Hi Mauricio,

The symbol on the original is exactly as you posted. The guard and pommel are of silver coated with gold. I will post a pic of the original on my website soon and one can see it clearly as well, The symbol is described as mentioned in the book. The reproduction is made by a leading gold and silver smith in Germany who has repaired and restored crown jewels and many other important artifacts in Germany. It is indeed a lovely sword. What else does one expect from a coronation sword. The reproduction is marvelous as well

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Apr, 2010 10:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have posted a picture of the original handle of Reichsschwert on my weblog where you can clearly see the gilded areas and the silver background:

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Apr, 2010 12:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is a beautiful reproduction, it has the feel of the original.
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Manouchehr M.





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PostPosted: Sat 03 Apr, 2010 12:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Peter Lyon wrote:
That is a beautiful reproduction, it has the feel of the original.


Thanks Peter. It is indeed a beautiful reconstruction and absolutely true to the original. Really nice.

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PostPosted: Sat 03 Apr, 2010 1:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I find this one of the most faithful reproduction built. What tells me the weight?
To be like the original blade must be very thin. Is it so?

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PostPosted: Sat 03 Apr, 2010 11:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Maurizio D'Angelo wrote:
I find this one of the most faithful reproduction built. What tells me the weight?
To be like the original blade must be very thin. Is it so?


Actually the blade is not thin. It is flexible of course, I mean the original the same as the reproduction. But the blade is on the narrow side a bit. But it is a stirdy blade and functional for sure. Really functional. The original and also the reproduction. The sword is a coronation piece used for corconation púrposes. They are some paintings of this sword from the 18 century. Back then the paintings show the sword with intact gilding still. Last time I saw the reproduction, you could see that the oxidization of silver came through the gilded area making it look more and more like the original. Here are the data on the sword:

Total length: 110 cm

Length of the blade: 95.3 cm

Length of the fullers: 69.8

Width of the fullers: 0.9 cm

Width of the crossguard: 19.7 cm

Width of the blade at the forte: 4.5 cm

Point of balance: 14 cm to the guard

Center of percussion: 27 cm to the tip

The weight of the gilded silver crossguard and pommel: 600 grams

Weight of the sword without scabbard: 1380 grams

Weight of the sword with scabbard: 2095 grams


The sword has an excellent feel in the hand both the original and the reprodcution. You almost feel nothing.

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