Not gonna lie, this chair is freaking me out a little.
Fun on a page, that’s what this illustration is. It shows a city under attack. Two soldiers are prying open the gate with hooks and ropes. Two of their mates decided to try their luck with a more stealthy approach. They cloaked themselves in bushes and are slowly approaching the city walls. In spite of their magic trick they are spotted: the soldier on the wall is waiting for them with a big rock in his hand. A full story captured in a single image, like a modern cartoon: a job well done by this medieval illustrator.
Pic: Göttingen, Staatsbibliothek, Cod. Ms. philos. 63 (15th century).
Tsar Alexander II Presentation Sword
- Dated: 18th-19th century
- Measurements: 96 cm overall length in scabbard
The gilt bronze hilt features a Gothic style involving intertwining tendrils, dragons and a demon’s head. It has a 18th century Ottoman kilic blade of pattern-welded steel with arabesques while the wooden scabbard is covered in gold-stamped leather and mounted in gilt bronze en suite with the hilt.
This blade was given to Alfred, Count von Bassenheim by Count Alexander von Hugle, and originally presented to the Count’s ancestor, the Duke of Wurttemburg, by Tsar Alexander II of Russia. Together with its detailed handwritten provenance dated 1885 and signed by Alfred, Count von Bassenheim, Imperial Major.
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