The Wallace Collection

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Scabbard
  • Scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 19th century
  • Steel, blackened, embossed, chased and pierced
  • Length: 29.8 cm
    Weight: 0.34 kg
  • Inscription: 'C·S' with foliated ornament
  • A765
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Scabbard of a dagger of the so-called ‘Landsknecht’ type, of blackened 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 curls; in the middle a double-headed eagle among similar 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 A766, which is of similar design, and probably from the same hand.

    Entirely 19th-century.