The Wallace Collection

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Priming-flask
  • Priming-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Portugal or Spain
  • c. 1560
  • Bronze and gold, cast and engraved
  • Height: 11.7 cm
    Diameter: 8.89 cm
    Weight: 0.205 kg
  • A1296
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
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  • Primer, of gilt bronze, flat and circular in form, the front embossed and chased with a representation of Mucius Scaevola before King Porsenna, within a circular wreath; the back engraved with arabesque ornament, in the centre of which a shield over the upper edge of which has been engraved a coronet and below that a Tau cross between six balls, per pale 3 and 3, the edge engraved at the top with the name:

    DON BELTRAN DE CASTRO

    Portuguese or Spanish, about 1560.

    Primer, A1295, bears the same composition on the front. The funnel of A1296 differs in being engraved with a chevronny pattern.

    There are many families of the name of de Castro; those of Amsterdam, Portugal, Castille and one of the Argonese families, bear six balls. Rietsap records none with a Tau cross in addition. The 1962 catalogue suggested that the device refered to the de Castro family of Portugal.