The Wallace Collection

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  • Pommel
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1540
  • Iron or steel and gold, counterfeit-damascened, etched, chiselled and russeted.
  • Weight: 0.14 kg
  • A871
  • European Armoury III
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  • Pommel of a knife or dagger, in the form of a square capital from which issue four truncated projections; the surface is overlay in gold with scrolls of vine leaves and grapes on a russet ground; below are acanthus leaves chiselled in relief. The surface of the undecorated part of the steel has been etched away, possibly by natural corrosion, leaving the decoration in low relief.

    Italian (?), about 1540.