The Wallace Collection

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Scimitar
  • Scimitar
  • Daniele da Serravalle
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1550 - 1560
  • Steel, wood and gold, gold inlay, pierced, chiselled, blued and damascened
  • Length: 70.6 cm, blade
    Width: 3.4 cm, blade, at guard
    Weight: 1 kg
    Length: 86.6 cm
    Width: 12 cm, guard
    Balance point: 15.3 cm, forward of the guard block
  • Inscription: 'D S'
    Maker's mark: Crowned M, Milan city mark
  • A708
  • European Armoury I
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  • The hilt of this scimitar sword is richly pierced, chiselled and inlaid with gold, in a highly detailed and complex composition of horsemen and other figures; the strapwork of the pommel is arranged to form the letter H, perhaps for Henri II of France. The equally-ornate blade, damascened for almost its entire length with arabesques and scrollwork, is struck with makers’ marks tentatively identified as those of Daniele da Serravalle, as well as a hitherto unidentified coat-of-arms, not that of the French King, but perhaps belonging to the unknown nobleman who presented the sword to him.