- Falchion with scabbard
- Unknown Artist / Maker
- c. 1550
- Steel, gold, wood and velvet, russeted, chiselled and gilded
- Length: 70 cm, blade
Width: 5.1 cm
Weight: 1.28 kg
- Maker's mark
- European Armoury I
Images & Media
- Falchion and scabbard, the hilt composed of a heavy pommel of russeted steel chiselled in the form of a scroll of acanthus leaves and gilt; oval, wire-bound grip of wood swelling in the centre; diagonally curved guard, the dexter in a forked scroll, the other singly; both are fluted and decorated with acanthus leaves chiselled and gilt, the rectangular central hilt block (escutcheon) with winged masks in low relief.
The single-edged blade is curved and hollowed, with a single groove near the back-edge; faint traces of gilding and a maker's mark are found near the hilt.
Scabbard of wood covered with green velvet and mounted with a locket and chape, chiselled and gilt, the chape with leaves in low relief; the locket has a broad band at the back with a D-ring for suspension.
Italian, about 1550.
De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 12 and pl. 2; Lièvre, Musée Graphique.
Provenance: Louis Carrand (un cimeterre italien du XVIe siècle en fer ciselée et doré avec forreau, 2,250 fr.; receipted bill, 9 June, 1867); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.