List of historical swords

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This is a list of notable individual swords, known either from historical record or from surviving artifacts.

Contents

Legendary swords

These swords do not survive as artifacts and their description may be of doubtful historicity.

Asian

European

Artifacts

These swords are preserved artifacts, or were previously preserved artifacts that are now lost. Their attribution to historical characters may be doubtful.

European

The British Isles
Western Europe
Iberia
Northern Europe
Central Europe
Southern Europe
Russia

Asian

Chinese
Japanese
Southeast Asia
Near Eastern

North American

South American

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Rosenborg Castle

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Imperial Regalia

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Bavarian Crown Jewels

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Coronation Crown of George IV

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Polish Crown Jewels Regalia of Poland

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Jewel House

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Crown of Norway

The Crown of Norway is the crown of the King of Norway and was made in Stockholm in 1818 by goldsmith Olof Wihlborg. The crown is a corona clausa consisting of a ring carrying eight hoops made of gold and surmounted by a monde of blue enamel and an amethyst cross on top of it. The crown is decorated with many pearls and gemstones including amethysts, chrysoprases, a topaz and an alexandrite. Its front is adorned with a huge green tourmaline, a gift of the Brazilian consul in Stockholm to King Charles III Johan. Its splendid colours and its richly elaborated ornaments make the crown typical of the Empire period. Although the goldsmith work was carried out by Olof Wihlborg, it is not known who designed the crown.

Regalia of Sweden

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Imperial Treasury, Vienna

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Coronations in Asia

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