Fire-steel (length 2 7/8 ins) with hand-hold in sh

Fire-steel (length 2 7/8 ins) with hand-hold in shape of a large life-like fawning hound, very similar to that above (no. 399), but cast in 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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Category:
Firemaking
Object Number:
1937-682/404
credit:
Wilkinson Sword Ltd.
status:
Permanent collection

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