Fire-steel (length 1 5/8 in); small and thin; rive

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Fire-steel (length 1 5/8 in); small and thin; rivetted on to a hand-hold in form of a lion statant guardant, cast in silver or nickel; clearly once attached by a chain to a curved silver tinder-tube of a kind noticed hereafter (see nos. 880-882, p. 58). [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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