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  • Pommel
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North West Europe
  • 2nd quarter of 17th century
  • Iron or steel and silver, hatched and incised
  • Weight: 0.325 kg
  • A877
  • European Armoury III
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  • Pommel of a Sword, of fish-tail form, the flat sides, with a central ridge and confronting scrolls, are plated with silver and incised with ornamental scrolls at the top and flowers; flat, oviform button. Of pear-shape, flattened in the plane of the blade, with a central vertical ridge and, at the top on the front face, two confronted scrolls. Hatched all over with silver and originally fire-gilt. Incised with foliage scrolls.

    North West Europe, second quarter 17th century.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 259 and 335-6.

    H. Seitz (Svenska Vapenhistoriska Sällskapets Skrifter, N.S. I, pp. 41-52, fig. 5) dates the type to the period of the Thirty Years War (1618-48), and localises it in the Low Countries, North Germany, and Scandinavia.