Description This spear is one of the ceremonial staff weapons carried by the lieutenants of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I (1503-64) at his coronation in 1558. He was the father of Emperor Maximilian II and grandfather of Archduke Albert.
Examined and repaired in preparation for exhibition.
- World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
- A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2016.
Provenance Guard of Kaiser Ferdinand I [1503-1564]. Richard Zschille Collection; Zschille Sale, London, 1897, no. 107. Henry Griffith Keasbey, New York; Sale, American Art Association, New York, December 5-6, 1924, no. 218; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Etched into blade on both sides near tip: K F (Kaiser Ferdinand I) 1558
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924
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