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Linstock
  • Linstock
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • mid 18th century
  • Beech wood, steel, gold, copper alloy and silk, engraved and gilded
  • Length: 173 cm, overall
    Length: 30 cm, head
    Weight: 1.07 kg
  • A1328
  • European Armoury III
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  • Linstock, with a small, leaf-shaped head, reinforced at the point by a strong, central ridge. It is engraved on one side with an oval piecrust cartouche of the Sun in Splendour, and on the other with a blank escutcheon, surrounded with floral ornament in the rococo style, showing many traces of gilding. Brass socket with circular mouldings at top and bottom; riveted to either side are two match-holders of gilt steel formed as monsters, the jaws slit and serrated to grip the match. Staff of beech; near the top is nailed a small tassel of green silk. Steel ferrule.

    French, mid-18th century.