Sword with Naumburg scabbard, 13thC.
One-handed sword with scabbard based on Markgraf Ekkehard II statue
in Naumburg Cathedral. Second half of 13th century.
Sword is one-handed simple battle sword, with elegant form and marked with cross and letter S. Those marks we can see on a few 13-14th centuries swords.
Naumburg Cathedral in Germany is a special place, mostly by the art of unknown medieval master-sculptor from ca. 1250 which has created beautiful art - and very detailed. We can see every detail of sword sheaths: belting, colors, wrapping, proportions and form. The style is German: plain but elegant, with strong contrast of gold and black.
Scabbard is plain and pure black. Belt is made with wide, quite thin leather, according to the sculptures form. Originally the belt was polychromed with gold and red. Unfortunately we can not see the back side of the scabbard with stitch and wrapping method. In my interpretation the priority was to be as close as possible to the original scabbard, what means also functionality: the belt must be safe and strong assambled but also be elegantly wrapped.
Totall length 920mm
Blade width 53mm
'... after some harsh fighting with the packing material, I finally got the sword unwrapped. Very! Well! Done! It is as beautiful as the fotographs, has got a very authentic look, and a few swings tell me it is very well balanced. I love it. (...) '
- Mark J. from Germany