Prof. Dr. Werner Uhlmann passed away in 2011. He was a friend to the museum and a patron of the art collections for many years. As part of his will, he transferred his collection comprising about 1,000 non-European edged weapons to the Veste Coburg Art Collections.
This generous donation features a number of interesting everyday weapons, handicrafts and ethnological gems, some of which are of outstanding quality. The collection spans multiple continents, with a few pieces originating from individual African tribes, to the former Ottoman territory of Maghreb, Arabia and with a strong emphasis on the region of India/Persia all the way to Southeast Asian countries.
The Uhlmann collection was presented to the public as part of a special exhibition in 2015. A catalogue was published:
Kunstvolle Waffen des Orients. Ausgewählte Blankwaffen der Sammlung Werner Uhlmann vom Maghreb bis nach Indien, Alfred Geibig und Heiner Grieb, 164 S., 221 Abb., Coburg 2015, ISBN 978-3-87472-097-7