The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Scabbard
  • Scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1560 - c. 1570
  • Steel and gold, gilded and etched
  • A922
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Sheath of steel, of oblong section, the flat sides decorated with trophies of arms and music, etc., cornucopias, animals, and a winged putto and a tower, deeply etched and gilt; on the narrower sides delicate arabesques, and four small loops for suspension. The shears and case A923 are of similar design and workmanship.

    Italian, about 1560-70.

    The case is genuine, but the knife and fork now associated with it are of doubtful authenticity.

    Lièvre, Musée Graphique (pl. 17); Lièvre, Musées et collections, 1 Ser., n.d., pI. 56 (Nieuwerkerke); Lièvre, Collections celebres, pI. 86.