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Dutch Ivory-Hilted Falchion

Catalogue: American Furniture & Decorative Arts
Dutch Ivory-Hilted Falchion

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Lot 156
Dutch Ivory-Hilted Falchion
Circa 1620
Solid carved ivory hilt with Corinthian ferrule, full lion back-strap and finely figured falcon or eagle pommel, the carved grip depicting a helmeted legionnaire on horseback with scepter, bronze cross guard composed of long re-curved quillons with bird's head finials. The blade with two crude fullers to each side, both sides fully-engraved with an undulating worm and sun. Length of hilt 5 1/4 inches, length overall 34 1/2 inches.

A lovely example of a single-bladed heavy cutting sword common in medieval Europe, the present example is extremely well-executed (note the carving of the bird's tongue on pommel). The design is full of symbolism, the Roman warrior on the grip representing the power of Empire, the eagle representing Germany, the Lion the Netherlands, with the Lion holding the former back. Purchased in upstate New York with provenance of an early Dutch Hudson Valley homestead, this sword was likely brought over during the early 17th century Dutch settlement of New York.

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500
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Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500
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American Furniture & Decorative Arts

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