The Wallace Collection

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Scabbard
  • Scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 19th century
  • Steel, blackened, embossed, chased and pierced
  • Length: 31 cm
    Weight: 0.28 kg
  • Inscription: '1·6·2·4'; 'B·K'; 'H·L·H'
  • A766
  • European Armoury I
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  • Scabbard for a dagger of the so-called ‘Landsknecht’ type, of blackened steel boldly embossed, chased and pierced, in three sections: in the top panel stands a man holding an axe surrounded by grotesque harpies, crowned lions and eight spiral curls; in the middle a two-tailed mermaid among spiral ornaments; at the bottom a man and woman embracing in contemporary costume. The back is roughly chased with the date 1 ∙ 6 ∙ 2 ∙ 4, the letters B ∙ K, a shield with an axe and set-square and the letters H ∙ L ∙ H; two iron loops, crossed, for suspension. Compare the scabbard A765, which is of like, but not identical, design.

    Entirely 19th-century.