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Scabbard locket
  • Scabbard locket
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1550
  • Steel and gold, embossed and chased
  • Weight: 0.07 kg
  • A1071
  • European Armoury III
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  • Locket of a falchion scabbard, of finely embossed and chased steel; oblong in section, with flat sides, on each of which, in low relief, is the head of Medusa in a strapwork cartouche outlined in gold, with two winged cupids at the top, chain-pattern at the side, and trophies of arms at the bottom; ring at the side for suspension.

    French, about 1550.

    This locket must have belonged to a weapon of the highest quality. The decoration resembles the designs of Cornelis Bos or Sylvius, dated 1550 (R. Berliner, Ornamentale Vorlage-Blätter, I, 1925, pI. 155.1).

    Provenance: A. Beurdeley (Un fragment de fourreau en fer ciselé et damasquiné de la Renaissance, 450 fr.; receipted bill, 2 May, 1866); Comte de Nieuwerkerke. Offered to the South Kensington Museum for purchase at £20. (Bélière de fourreau de cimeterre en fer ciselé et damasquiné représentant une tête de Gorgone, 500 fr. (£20); receipt, 7 October, 1870).