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Rapier, 1604. A wedding gift among brothers. Steel, gold, Bohemian diamonds, pearl embroidery. Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden 📷 Jürgen Karpinski. 

The splendour of these weapons befitted their use in court festivities and ceremonial and their status as diplomatic gifts. The knight‘s sword, modified in the form of a rapier or dress sword, had become a prestigious fashion accessory in keeping with the increasingly luxurious clothing that was worn.

Exhibition Precious Ceremonial Weapons from the Rüstkammer of August the Strong, until Oct 04, 2014, Dresden.

DÜRER, Albrecht
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1497-98
Woodcut, 39 x 28 cm
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe

Dress sword, Galanteriedegen, 1654. Steel, rock crystal, silver, gold, enamel, rubies, Germany. © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Jürgen Karpinski.

The knight‘s sword, modified in the form of a rapier or dress sword, had become a fashion accessory in keeping with the increasingly luxurious clothing that was worn.

Exhibition Precious Ceremonial Weapons from the Rüstkammer of August the Strong, until Oct 04 1914, Dresden.

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