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Knife with scabbard
  • Knife with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1590 - c. 1620
  • Steel, gold, leather, mother-of-pearl, silver and ivory, gilded, chased and etched
  • Length: 21.6 cm, blade
    Width: 3.5 cm
    Weight: 0.18 kg
  • Maker's mark: Cutler's mark
  • A891
  • European Armoury I
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  • Knife and sheath, the handle of gilt steel and complicated columnar form, the grip comprising a Corinthian capital pierced, chased and gilt surmounting a baluster of octagonal section inlaid with oblong plaques of mother of pearl; the pommel (associated) is of ivory carved as a grotesque animal's head and inlaid with brown and green spots; stiff back-edged blade with a band of etched and gilt scrollwork at the forte; traces of a cutler's mark remain on one side.

    Sheath of leather tooled, on the one side, with diamond-shaped panels of tracery between cross bands of leaves, and painted on the other, with four compartments of figure subjects, gilt and slivered (now barely visible).

    French, about 1590-1620.

    Provenance: E. Juste (Couteau du 16e siècle à fourreau en cuir gaufrè, 1,000fr.; receipted bill, 24 December, 1868); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.