The Wallace Collection

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  • Cartridge-box
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany, probably Saxony
  • c. 1600
  • Rosewood, gold, bronze and velvet
  • Height: 11.4 cm
    Weight: 0.265 kg
  • A1316
  • European Armoury III
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  • Patron, of rosewood, semi-oval in section, the lid, mounts and base of gilt bronze stamped with intricate strapwork and arabesques. The upper and lower mounts are connected by four vertical bands of gilt bronze. On the central band is the figure of St. Barbara (identified only by a palm frond in her hand), lions' masks are applied to the two bands on either side, the four vertical panels of rosewood in the intervals between the bands are themselves bordered with narrow bands of antler engraved with roping. The lid is hinged and fastens with a spring-catch, the base is broad and bordered with roping. On the base is a device consisting of a crucifixion cross with splayed extremities, with four rays terminating in small circles diverging from its crossing between the arms. The inside is lined with red and green velvet, and is without compartments, this is almost certainly a later arrangement, since there is no suitable surface for the spring (now missing) operating the lid to work on. At the back three loops for suspension.

    German (probably Saxon), about 1600.

    W. Glage has suggested that A1316 is of Brunswick manufacture, about 1570-5 (personal communication, 1983).