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Shrewsbury Sword of State

  • Dated: 1669
  • Part of Shrewsbury Civic Regalia; Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council 

A broad sword with a highly polished steel blade, 1 and 5/8 inches wide above the guard.  The hilt, guard and pommel are of silver gilt and richly enchased.  On one side of the pommel is a small figure of Justice and on the other of fame, well executed in relief.

On the guard, at the point of intersection with the blade, are the Arms of Charles II within the garter and on the reverse those of the Borough.  The guard terminates in quillons with lions’ heads. The blade is partly chased with acorns, cherubs’ heads, etc. with the date 1669, and initials ‘R.B.’.

It bears the armourer’s name, Johannis Hartcop, twice on each side and his mark, a globe surmounted by a triple cross. The scabbard has a velvet covering with highly embossed gilt bands.  The total length is 4’4’. Records show that it was bought in 1669 to replace a sword of 1638, probably destroyed under the Commonwealth.

Source & Copyright: Darwin Country 

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