The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Spontoon
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • probably c. 1700 - c. 1720
  • Iron or steel, oak and gold, etched and gilded
  • Length: 29.4 cm, including socket
    Length: 21.4 cm, straps
    Weight: 1.2 kg
  • A1027
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Spontoon, with a small head, the blade with sharp central ridge and three curved points or flukes on the wings below. It is etched on either side with scrolled foliage, formerly gilt, surrounding an oval shield of arms: the first that of Fay de Sathonay, of the Lyonnais (Azure, and greyhound passant regardant argent, and in chief the sun radiant proper; the oval shield is ensigned by a coronet with seven pearls); the second (an eagle displayed ensigned by a similar coronet) has yet to be identified. Octagonal socket with projecting hook on one side; the part projecting from the other side is hollow and of circular section; short side-straps and octagonal staff of oak (all probably restorations).

    French, probably about 1700-20.

    The decoration is very similar to that of A1006 which is thought to date from 1714.