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A weight for the town mining scales, once standing on the market square in Olkusz. The ore and melted metal were weighed on it to calculate the tax due to the crown treasury.

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A weight for the town mining scales, once standing on the market square in Olkusz. The ore and melted metal were weighed on it to calculate the tax due to the crown treasury.
The exhibit was donated to the museum in 1946 by the engineer Bronisław Czernicki, the then president of the Polish Sightseeing Society in Olkusz.

Elaborated by the Antoni Minkiewicz Regional Museum of the Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society in Olkusz, © all rights reserved

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The hangman’s sword: a legend or an artefact?

Although, in the opinion of specialists, the term “hangman” does not reflect the actual purpose of the weapon, according to legend, it was used to punish two gargoyles who, while wanting to rob the church of the Blessed Virgin (part of the Augustian abbey partly destroyed in the 19th century), violated the stability of the building.

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Although, in the opinion of specialists, the term “hangman” does not reflect the actual purpose of the weapon, according to legend, it was used to punish two gargoyles who, while wanting to rob the church of the Blessed Virgin (part of the Augustian abbey partly destroyed in the 19th century), violated the stability of the building.
According to reports, it hung in the hall of a non-existent city hall, whose traces were discovered recently by archaeologists during excavations carried out on Olkusz market (still no traces of Great Scales were found, where local guards weighed ore extracted in nearby workings (see mining weight  which is in the collection of the Małopolska’s Virtual Museums).
After the demolition of the town hall in the 19th century, the sword became the decoration of the magistrate’s meeting room.


 

Elaborated by Editorial team of Małopolskas Virtual Museums,

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland License.

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