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The Sword of the State of Scotland was a gift from Pope Julius II. It was presented to James IV in 1507. The etched blade measures 4.5 feet and includes figures of Saint Peter and Saint Paul as well as the etched name of Julius II. The silver gilt handle bears figures of oak leaves and acorns.
The sword is an example of Italian craftsmanship. It was damaged in 1652 whilst being hidden from Oliver Cromwell’s troops. It is accompanied by a wooden scabbard which is covered in velvet and silver and hung from a woven silk and thread of gold belt.