The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Knife
  • Knife
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1490
  • Iron or steel, gold, bronze and silver, etched, engraved and gilded
  • Length: 12.1 cm, blade
    Width: 1.7 cm
    Weight: 0.07 kg
  • A897
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Knife, with a handle of rectangular section overlaid with silver, the sides engraved and nielloed in the Renaissance manner with trophies of arms and musical instruments; the narrower sides decorated with a fine guilloche ornament; pommel of gilt bronze, chased with a double-tailed mermaid and addorsed birds in low relief; single-edged, pointed blade etched with foliage and at the forte with arabesques, etched and gilt.

    Italian, about 1490.

    Compare the style of serving knife A889.