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Scabbard
  • Scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 2nd half of 16th century
  • Steel, embossed, chased and pierced
  • Length: 27.1 cm
    Weight: 0.225 kg
  • A764
  • European Armoury I
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  • Scabbard for a dagger in the so-called ‘Landsknecht’ style, of bright steel, semi-circular in section, boldly embossed, chased and pierced. The composition is in three parts; at the top stands a man holding an axe over his shoulder surrounded by harpies, lions crowned, and eight spiral ornaments; at the bottom is a framed opening and more curls. The back is chased with the axe, T and set-square symbols symbolizing the carpenter's craft and the letters C S, with foliated ornament below; two iron loops, crossed, for suspension. Compare the scabbard, no. A766, which is of similar design, and probably from the same hand.

    German, second half of the 16th century.

    Provenance : E. de Rozière sale, Pillet & Juste, Paris, 19-21 March 1860, lot 135, repr. in cat.