The Wallace Collection

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Saddle steel
  • Saddle steel
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • probably 19th century
  • Steel and gold, embossed and gilded
  • Weight: 0.85 kg
  • A423
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Rear saddle steel, made of one plate of steel rather crudely embossed all over with figures amid foliage and drapery; in the centre, Mars between two prancing horses; on the left side is a seated figure of a Roman warrior with a commander’s baton, and on the right a female figure with a trumpet (the personification of Fame); each of the figures is seated under a bursting bomb. The outer edge along top and sides has been crudely embossed with a narrow inset border of roping, in which traces of gilding remain, while the edge itself is not turned.