Fire-steel (length 2 5/8 ins) of cast steel; slend

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Fire-steel (length 2 5/8 ins) of cast steel; slender, with slightly-curved striking-face; hand-hold at back in form of two swans, feeding back to back, their wings raised and the tips conjoined; the whole very well executed and delicately cast in black steel. [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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