A miniature enamel gem-set gold scimitar, circa 1600.

Possibly English; the steel blade mounted with a gold hilt decorated on a black ground with C-scrolls and set with cabochon turquoises, 6.4cm long.

The 1690 Devonshire Schedule, recording an immense bequest from the Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter, lists:…”A little Cymeter sett with Turquoise and part of the Chaine to it”.


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