Illustrative photo – Historian Karel Bartošek presented the discovery of the ceremonial sword of Jan Count of Rottal at a press conference in Holešov in the Kroměříž region on March 1, 2018. The rare sword originating from the 17th century was in its time a symbol of the power of the Moravian provincial governor. It is a wonderful, silver, early baroque work.
Holešov (Kroměříž Region) – Experts will restore the historically valuable baroque sword of Jan of Rottal from the collections of the Holešov museum. It comes from the 17th century, in its time it was a symbol of the power of the Moravian provincial governor. Last week, a team of experts from the Brno Technical Museum evaluated the necessary scope of the sword's restoration. The sword should go to one of the Moravian restoration workshops, said Dana Podhajská from the Municipal Cultural Center in Holešov in the Kroměříž region in a press release today.
“The European unique was assessed by experts from Brno using a spectrometer in order to know the exact composition of the metals. The textile restorer also had her say, as the sword lies in a scabbard covered with a dark red fabric,” said Podhajská. According to her, the historian Tomáš Knoz from Brno's Masaryk University, who had researched the sword in the past, also took part in the initial analysis.
The forging of the sword is silver with the exception of the steel blade. “The reason for the restoration and conservation is primarily to prevent the gradual degradation of the materials from which the sword is made, as well as the possibility of exhibiting this unique collection item to the public for a longer period of time,” said Renée Rudolfová, administrator of the Holešov museum and curator of the local collection funds. According to her, it is not yet clear whether the restorers will start restoring the sword this year.
The sword from 1650 was held in the presence of the governor on ceremonial and ceremonial occasions, as well as during sessions of the provincial court. “In the Czech Republic, apart from the one from Holešov, only the heyman's sword of František Karl, Count of Kolowrat, is known, which is kept in Rychnov nad Kněžnou and is several years younger,” stated Podhajská. Last year, the sword from Holešov's collections could also be viewed by the public.
The Moravian nobleman Jan z Rottal lived in the 17th century. For many years he held the highest regional offices in Moravia and during the Thirty Years' War he became an important figure in the Habsburg monarchy. He was elevated to the rank of count, and acquired extensive properties in Moravia for his family. In the 1940s, he suppressed Wallachian rebellions, but he is also known for oppressing his subjects.