The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Spur
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • early 17th century
  • Steel, silver and gold, embossed, punched and gilded
  • Weight: 0.09 kg
  • A386
  • European Armoury III
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  • Spur, one of a pair with A387, of steel, with silver hatched on and fire-gilt all over. The inlaid silver sheet is in the form of oval and rectangular plates embossed, possibly mechanically, with masks, trophies, strapwork, and candelabra ornament.

    The encrusting includes small silver pearls and cinquefoils. The background is decorated with a fret of punched dots. Slender sides, swan neck with small applied rosettes in silver; small, star-shaped rowel of eight points, gilt; buckle and hook on one side and a double hook on the other.

    An early seventeenth-century sword hilt at Veste Coburg is decorated in this manner and with very similar designs (no. II A73), as is a sword hilt in the German Historical Museum, Berlin (Muller and Kolling, 1981, no. 138), another in the Musée de l' Armée, Paris (no. J.192; Mariaux, 1927, pI. XV), and yet another in the Harding collection in the Art Institute of Chicago (no. 2088). Similar decoration also occurs on a pistol with a wheel-lock of French construction in the Musée de l' Armée, Paris (no. M.1694).