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Processional glaive
  • Processional glaive
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Venice, Italy
  • c. 1640
  • Steel, velvet and wool, engraved
  • Length: 94 cm, including socket
    Length: 29 cm, straps
    Weight: 3.84 kg
  • Label: '458 / Glaive, engraved steel; belonging to the guard of the / Doge of Venice; Italian, 16th century'
  • A948
  • European Armoury II
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  • Processional glaive, a companion to A947. The arms upon this blade are less worn than those on A946, and the Imperial eagle beneath the barry of six more clearly seen; this, therefore, is probably the one referred to by Meyrick and reproduced by Skelton. The staff is covered with brown velvet, and bears a label cut from the Meyrick Catalogue (1869):

    458
    'Glaive, engraved steel; belonging to the guard of the Doge of Venice; Italian, 16th century'.

    Italian (Venetian), about 1640.

    Skelton II, pl. LXXXV, fig. 6; Meyrick Catalogue, no. 468.

    Provenance: Sir S. R. Meyrick; Frédéric Spitzer.

    The original arms were not those of the Emperor, as stated in the 1962 Catalogue, but a double-headed eagle charged on its breast with an oval shield bearing an anulet, between the heads an open crown. These arms were borne by one branch of the Barbaro family of Venice (the field and oval shield argent, the eagle sable, the anulet gules). The later, superimposed arms are quarterly 1 and 4, a pelican in its piety; 2 and 3, barry of six; arms borne by one branch of the Venier family of Venice.