The Wallace Collection

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Muzzle
  • Muzzle
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 1570
  • Steel, blackened and tinned
  • Height: 22.8 cm
    Weight: 0.85 kg
  • Inscription: 'ICH . REIT . GOT . GEB . MIR . GE . SCHWIND / DAS . ICH . MEINE . FEIND . VBER . WIND' 'I ride, God give me swiftness that i may soon overcome my foe'
    Inscription: 'HANS SCHRETER'
    Maker's mark: 'K'
  • A453
  • Reserve Gallery
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  • Horse muzzle, of steel, formed in the usual manner of a number of openwork panels riveted to a framework. The ornament of interlacing, knots and twisting, foliated patterns is very elaborate. It includes two bands of Roman lettering at the top:

    ICH · REIT · GOT · GEB · MIR · GE · SCHWIND

    DAS · ICH · FEIND · MEINE · VBER · WIND

    ('I ride, God give me swiftness that I may soon overcome my foe.')
    The lowest of the three chevron-shaped, openwork bars at the back is formed of the letters of the name:

    HANS SCHRETER

    A lizard in bright steel is applied in front. A maker’s mark, a Roman K , is stamped on the right-hand one of a pair of lions terminating in conventional foliage.

    When this muzzle was cleaned in 1965 it was discovered that the original tinned surface was almost completely preserved. Cleaning also revealed that the mark is quite clearly a K (rather than an R as once suggested).

    This example can be compared to a muzzle in the Musée de l' Armée, Paris, no. H609, dated 1567, and is described as bearing the name HANS SCHREIR.