Landsknechte with Coat-of-Arms

Catalog No. 1090

Pottery, threaded relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.

Landsknechte were feudal serfs used for military purposes by their masters. These “soldiers” were often traded between landowners and were, in a sense, the equivalent of modern mercenaries, with the important difference that they were not free to choose their employer.

The double-headed eagle featured in this design was the heraldic symbol of the Holy Roman Empire, which existed in central Europe from 962 until 1806. The two heads, first seen in HRE heraldry circa 1250, represent church and state.

Price Range: $90-$125

     
     
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