Fire-steel (length 3 3/8 ins) with striking-face c

Fire-steel (length 3 3/8 ins) with striking-face curved; hand-hold in form of two tapering recurved tangs, meeting at back, where a small loose swivelled ornamental suspension-ring is attached; ends of tangs and ring overlaid with gold; whole surface bears a chased flowing design of foliage, partly cast and partly engraved; probably 18th century. [NB: One of 19 examples (nos. 487-505) which are all believed to be Persian or Indo-Persian and some to be very old. They are all of peculiar, but elegant, shape. Several are decorated by excellent damascene-work in gold. Together they form a handsome and interesting series which is worthy of special notice.]

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Category:
Firemaking
Object Number:
1937-682/498
credit:
Wilkinson Sword Ltd.

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