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  • Glaive
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Venice, Italy
  • c. 1600
  • Iron or steel, velvet, copper alloy and gold, incised, punched and gilded
  • Length: 86 cm, including socket
    Weight: 3.22 kg
  • A943
  • European Armoury II
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  • Glaive, with a tall head with curved cutting-edge, the back has a triple branched projection to the form of the Greek ε, and pierced with a group of seven holes, the upper and lower ends of the branches are shaped as the heads of a grotesque animal; two shaped spurs at the base; the socket of octagonal section without side-straps. The surface of the blade has two oval cartouches, now blank, but formerly adorned with arms, among roughly incised figures, grotesque animals and birds with bands of annular and semi-circular, punched work; traces of gilding remain. Octagonal staff tapering to the base is covered with worn crimson velvet. There are two tassels, one above the other, secured by four copper alloy, lion-headed nails; the staff is also studded with round-headed nails, gilt, and terminates in a ferrule. In form this glaive resembles A944.

    Italian (Venetian?), about 1600.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, pl. II.

    There are many of these processional glaives preserved in the Doge's Palace at Venice.

    Provenance: E. Juste (Un Couteau de brèche ciselé et doré, hampe garnée en velours avec têtes de lions, 600 fr.; receipted bill, 20 June, 1865); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.