art-of-swords

art-of-swords:

Fauchard of the Bodyguard of Cardinal Scipione Borghese-Caffarelli 

  • Dated: circa 1600–1610
  • Culture: Italian
  • Medium: steel, copper, gold, silver, wood, textile
  • Measurements: L., 108 in. (274.32 cm); blade L., 35 in. (24.13 cm); W., 9.5 in. (88.9 cm)
  • Classification: shafted weapons 

The weapons features certain marking and inscriptions, thus on the blade lies the arms of Camillo, Cardinal Borghese, afterwards Pope Paul V. It is ensigned with the Papal badge (keys and tiara): azure, a demi-dragon or, a chief of the Empire (gold, an eagle [or demi-eagle] displayed sable, crowned of first). Above that there’s a crown with palm and olive branch.

Scipione Borghese (1 September 1577 – 2 October 1633) was an Italian Cardinal, art collector and patron of the arts. A member of the Borghese family, he was the patron of the painter Caravaggio and the artist Bernini. His legacy is the establishment of the art collection at the Villa Borghese in Rome.

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

art-of-swords

art-of-swords:

Parade Partisan 

  • Dated: 18th century
  • Culture: German
  • Medium and Technique: blued, etched and gilded steel, wooden haft with orginal steel base spike, silk tassel with alternating blue and gold bands
  • Measurements: overall - l:258.45 cm (l:101 3/4 inches). Wt: 3.68 kg

Belonged to the Bodyguard of August Wilhelm, Duke of Brunswick- Wolfenbüttel [1662-1731].

Source: Copyright © 2014 Cleveland Museum of Art