Flame-bladed swords, 16th century
Arms and Armour "Schwarzburger Zeughaus"

As early as the 14th century a collection of arms and armour was first mentioned to the counts of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. In the mid-16th century an armoury was located in the entrance area of the Schwarzburg Castle, which served as an arsenal for the Schwarzburgian military. Since the 18th century the stock developed as a princely collection on display with nearly 4000 objects. Despite several losses referring to World War II, the collection today is the largest and oldest in Central Germany. In 2009 the reconstruction of the armoury began due to The Palace, Castle and Gardens Trust of Thuringia, which seems to make the return of the collection to Schwarzburg possible in 2015.

A selection of the collection was on display in an exhibition at the Heidecksburg Palace in Rudolstadt since 1962 but is closed to the public since January 1st, 2013. Currently the exhibits and stored weapons are carefully prepared for their relocation to Schwarzburg which requires extensive work in restoration and documentation. The script about the future reconstruction of the arsenal, which is created at the same time, focuses on showcasing collections during the 18th century.

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