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Scabbard
  • Scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Switzerland
  • c. 1590
  • Copper and copper alloy, embossed, chased, engraved and etched
  • Length: 29.5 cm
    Weight: 0.24 kg
  • A767
  • European Armoury I
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  • Scabbard for a dagger of the so-called ‘Landsknecht’ type, of copper, semi-circular in section, elaborately embossed and chased with great finish, illustrating in three scenes the story of the Prodigal Son; the back etched with an arabesque, and furnished with a loop for suspension; the brass terminal with heads and fruit in high relief is very like the terminal of the scabbard of A766. It is unlined. The flat back is engraved with scrolled foliage incorporating birds and fruit; it has been described by Sir S. R. Meyrick in considerable detail.

    Swiss, about 1590.

    Skelton II, pl. cxi, fig. 3; Meyrick Catalogue, no. 241.

    Provenance: Sir S. R. Meyrick.

    Swiss dagger scabbards are frequently made of copper cast, chased and gilt, and it has been suggested that A767 is not an actual scabbard but rather a goldsmith's pattern, or maquette, from which actual scabbards were cast. The existence of a loop for suspension, however, and the brass ferrule, indicate that whatever the original purpose of A767, it has been turned at some time to practical use.