Fire-steel (length 2 1/2 ins), of cast steel; of e

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Fire-steel (length 2 1/2 ins), of cast steel; of elongated-elliptical shape; on each side, a hollow, serving as finger-hold; a design, including four large classic faces, on sides, chased; sunken portions inlaid with gold. [NB: one of fifty-seven specimens (nos. 367-423) believed to be all Spanish, some of considerable antiquity. Most of them were formerly in the Lavedan Collection. The series is remarkable for the excellent artistic design and the fineness of the steel-casting exhibited by many of the examples - these being special features of Spanish steels, which often bear names, initials, or armorial bearings, showing the pride taken in them by their owners.]

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Category:
Firemaking
Object Number:
1937-682/386
credit:
Wilkinson Sword Ltd.

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