The Wallace Collection

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  • Priming-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Augsburg, Germany
  • c. 1580
  • Rosewood, ebony, antler, gold and bronze, veneered, cast, stamped and engraved
  • Height: 12.7 cm
    Diameter: 8.57 cm
    Weight: 0.225 kg
  • A1302
  • European Armoury III
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  • Primer, of rosewood, hemispherical in form, veneered with ebony inlaid with lines and rosettes of antler, and mounted with a central boss of a lion's head and stamped are seven radiating bands of gilt bronze decorated with cartouches; applied between each band is a cast lion's mask of gilt bronze. The back is flat with a circular border of antler engraved with scales of foliage. The spout is tapering a stamped with a strapwork design, and a spring-loaded cap-lever. Near the spout there is a hinged trap in the gilt bronze band running round the circumference. Two rings for suspension (one now missing).

    German (Augsburg), about 1580.

    Skelton II, pl. CXXV, fig. 1; L' Art pour Tous, 1863, no. 65, fig. 534.

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