The Wallace Collection

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Knife
  • Knife
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1590
  • Iron or steel, gold, gilded, damascened and etched
  • Length: 7 cm, blade
    Width: 1.1 cm
    Weight: 0.025 kg
  • Incised mark: 'G'
  • A893
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • Small knife, one of a pair with A894, with the two designed to nest together side-by-side to appear as one knife, once kept in a single sheath.
    Made in one piece; the handle is formed as a pilaster with a leafed capital supporting a vase, gilt, the remainder minutely overlaid in gold; the pointed blade is single-edged with the sides near the handle etched with laureate ovals containing scrolls, and gilt, similar to those on A895, even to the detail that in one the oval is surmounted by an orb and fleur-de-lys. One of the ovals may contain a monogram.

    French, about 1590.

    Provenance: A. Moret (un couteau double du 16 siècle, 150 fr.; receipted bill, 20 April, 1866); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    The device on the blade is distinct from that on A895, consisting of the letter G beneath what may be a fleur-de-lys. The second device appears to be a Star of David, with a small circle in the intersections at each side bisected by two uprights with asymmetrical serifs at their extremities pointing outwards only.