The Wallace Collection

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Knife
  • Knife
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1550
  • Iron or steel, silver, gold and copper, etched and inlaid
  • Length: 14.1 cm, blade
    Width: 1.9 cm
    Weight: 0.07 kg
  • Inscription: '· IN · TE · DOMINE · SPERAVI · H · R I S I S'
    Maker's mark: 'Y' inlaid in copper
  • A900
  • European Armoury I
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  • Knife, one of a pair with A901, having a silver-plated handle of oval section decorated in very low relief with vertical bands of scrolled foliage involving flaming hearts pierced with arrows in saltire, birds and fruit, inscribed along the back:

    · IN · TE · DOMINE · SPERAVI · H · R / S / S

    ('In Thee O Lord I have trusted')

    On each side of the inscription band near the shoulder of the blade is embossed the letter S in the form known as S fermée.

    Single-edged blade, pointed, and etched at the forte with an oval containing foliage and gilt. A cutler's mark, the letter Y, inlaid in copper on one side. Both this knife and A901 have the same decoration and inscription, and are of the same dimensions.

    Italian, about 1550.