Fire-steel (length 2 1/4 ins) of bright cast steel

Fire-steel (length 2 1/4 ins) of bright cast steel; elliptical in shape; a large grotesque bearded face amid foliage chased on each side; one side engraved "Foy de Dn. Mariano Benito de Miranda." [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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Wilkinson Sword Ltd.

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