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Processional glaive
  • Processional glaive
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Venice, Italy
  • c. 1685
  • Steel, gold and velvet, etched and gilded
  • Length: 100.3 cm, including socket
    Width: 20.2 cm, blade
    Weight: 7.65 kg
  • A950
  • European Armoury II
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  • Processional glaive, with a very large, flat, and almost rectangular head curved on one side at the top corner to a point; on the right near the base project two seated lions, pierced and gilt; invected lower edge converging to a diagonally fluted ball; into this the socket, of circular section, is screwed; no side-straps; turned ferrule of bright steel; the staff of octagonal section, covered with worn crimson velvet and bound spirally with braid. The lower part of the blade is boldly etched and gilt overall with a cartouche of arms: a lion rampant under a Doge's cap, supported by lions rampant and surmounted by the Lion of St. Mark. On the other side is crudely portrayed the standing figure of a man holding a dagger.

    Possibly Italian (Venetian), about 1685.

    Provenance: E. Juste? (Beau Fauchard italien, gravé et doré, 240 fr.; receipted bill, 14 January, 1867); Comte de Nieuwerkerke (?).