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Falchion with scabbard
  • Falchion with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • 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
  • A712
  • European Armoury I
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  • 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.