The Wallace Collection

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  • Cartridge-box
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany, possibly Brunswick
  • c. 1570 - c. 1585
  • Rosewood, antler, steel and wood, engraved
  • Height: 12.7 cm
    Weight: 0.26 kg
  • A1318
  • European Armoury III
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  • Cartridge-box, of rosewood, semi-oval in section, closely inlaid with interlacing coils and small flowers of engraved antler, framed in a border of scale-like leaves; the base is broad and decorated like the front, the bottom engraved with foliage and scrolls; the lid of bright steel, hinged and fitted with a spring; three loops for suspension, one at the top for a strap to the waist-belt, and one on each side lower down for the strap passing round the top of the right thigh. The interior fitted with four wooden compartments for cartridges.

    German, about 1570-80, possibly Brunswick.

    L' Art Ancien I, 26 (?); Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 2054 (?)

    Provenance: (?) Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    The closely intertwined antler decoration resembles that on the stocks of the guns and pistols, A1078, 1091, 1139, 1142.

    A comparable box in the Odescalchi Collection, Rome, is dated 1575 (inv. no. 7; Carpegna, Firearms, 1975, no. 127).