The Wallace Collection

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Sword
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- North Europe, possibly Netherlands, blade- North Italy, possibly Caino
  • c. 1630 (hilt (Northern Europe))
    c. 1600 (blade (Italian))
  • Iron, steel, silver and gold, chased, gilt, hatched, incised
  • Length: 111.1 cm
    Width: 2.7 cm
    Weight: 1.36 kg
  • Stamp: 'CAINO' with crowned 'S'
  • A543
  • European Armoury III
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  • Sword, the hilt made up of a pear-shaped pommel, with large button; silver wire-bound grip; diagonally curved crossguard (up and down) of oblong section; double side-rings and hilt-arms, the pommel, the centres of the rings and the ends of the crossguard decorated with scrolled cartouches containing a lozenge in low relief, the smaller ring filled with a shell pierced to a scale pattern. The entire surface of the hilt is hatched with silver, parcel gilt, and incised partly through the use of shaped punches, with conventional foliage terminating in dragon heads, all on a finely matted ground. The long, double-edged blade of flattened diamond section; the ricasso stamped on each side with the word C A I N O, and bearing traces of a crowned S, the mark of Pietro Caino of Milan.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 21 and pl. 3; Laking, European Armour, IV, fig. 1394; Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 142, 219, 251 and 358, pI. 65.
    For the bladesmith's mark see A516.