14. DRESS SWORD Swedish, 1700-1725
Hilt of silvered metal chiseled intaglio with leaf motifs; on ricasso, in low relief, on right, Virgin and Child, on left, saint with crucifix. - On knuckle guard and pommel, flowers. Grip of silvered metal en torsade with worming of twisted silver wire.
Blade single-edged, hollow ground, ridged back, etched with floral sprays, busts, and mottoes: left, PRO ARIS ET FOCIS (For altars and firesides), bust with inscription MAXIMILIA DGCOPAL RH VIRIUSQ BOI ARIA DUXIS (Maximilianus, Dei Gratia Comes Palatinus Rheni Utriusque Boiaria Dux Serinisimus-Maximilian, by the Grace of God, Count Palatine of the Rhine and of both Bavarias (page 16) [Upper and Lower] most serene Duke), and inscription VINCERE AUT MORI. On right, CONSTANTER ET SINCERE, bust with inscription GUSTAVE ADOLPHE DGS VECOR GOII ET VANA REX (Gustavus Adolphus, Dei Gratia Suevicorum Gothorum et Vandalorum Rex - Gustavus Adolphus, by the Grace of God, King of the Swedes, Goths and Vandals), and inscription FlDE SED CUI VIDE (Be careful whom you trust). It is noteworthy that opposing leaders are here pictured: Gustavus Adolphus, champion of Protestantism, and Maximilian of Bavaria, protector of Catholics. Blade dates about 1640.
Scabbard of russet calfskin with belt hook and chape of silvered metal, the latter slightly chased; no ferrule.