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Szczerbiec - The Polish Coronation Sword
Beautiful handmade replica of the Polish Coronation Sword. Originally the property of prince Boleslaus (perhaps Boleslaus Konradowic or Boleslaus the Pious) as the inscription on the hilt (no longer visible) indicated


 
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Beautiful handmade replica of the Polish Coronation Sword.

Originally the property of prince Boleslaus (perhaps Boleslaus Konradowic or Boleslaus the Pious) as the inscription on the hilt (no longer visible) indicated. At the time it probably functioned as a symbol of legislative power (gladius iustitiae). In 1320 it was used in Wawel Cathedral as the coronation sword by Ladislaus the Short. After that time it was kept with the other regalia in the Crown Treasury at Wawel, from where it was looted by the Prussians in 1795. It subsequently went through the hands of different collectors: around 1810 it was in Dymitr Labanov-Rostowski's collection, in 1818 he offered it to general Wincenty Krasinski in Warsaw; before 1843 it was sold to prince Anatol Demidovov from San Donato near Florence, and from 1870 it was in A.P. Bazylewski's possession in Paris. In 1884 it was bought for the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
Finally in 1928 Russia gave it back to Poland, in accordance with the Treaty of Riga. At the outbreak of the Polish Defensive War of 1939 (World War II) it was evacuated from Poland to France. Then in 1940 it was evacuated to Canada, together with the gold deposits of the Polish banks, Jagiellonian Tapestries and other artefacts. It came back to Poland in 1959 and is currently on display in the Wawel Royal Castle Museum. One of the most valuable medieval ceremonial swords in Europe, it is one of the most important symbols of Polish state sovereignty. It is the last surviving part of the Polish Crown Jewels.
Source http://www.wawel.krakow.pl/en/index.php?op=21,33
Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Szczerbiec
Features
  • Size 37.5" - 95cm long
  • Do not bend or sharpen.
  • Not for children.
  • Shipping only within the U.S.
  • Shipped separately.

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