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Presentation Sabre with Scabbard
- Dated: 1846
- Maker: unknown
- Place of Origin: Austria
- Medium: steel, wood, turquoises, silver and gold, embossed, engraved and etched
- Measurements: overall length: 93.5 cm. Weight: 0.76 kg, without scabbard
- Hallmark: Vienna’s mark and the year of 1846
This exotic silver-mounted sabre belonged to Anatole Demidoff, Prince of San Donato in Florence. It is depicted in an (unfinished) equestrian portrait of him by Karl Briullov (1799-1852), begun in 1828, and now in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence. Although seemingly entirely made of silver in Bruillov’s portrait, it appears to have been at least partly-gilded; traces of the precious metal still in fact remain, but most has vanished, perhaps due to over-cleaning during its “working” lifetime.
Despite its singularly Ottoman style, the hilt of the sword bears an (unidentified) Austrian silversmith’s mark and all the mounts are struck with the standard Austrian mark for silver, indicating that it is almost certainly of Austrian manufacture. Swords in “Eastern” style were particularly fashionable throughout Europe at this time, being especially sought-after by dashing young cavalry officers and noblemen.
Upside down in each pack
But I hate that people notice
When you gain three pounds,
But not when you buy a new hat.
I’ve been told that the way I sleep
With one leg draped over
The person lying next to me
But I think it’s annoying
When people tell me
I look pretty,
But only when I paint my face.
I’ve heard that old men
Like to touch the girls who work late at bars,
But I want to know
Why they never kiss the women they married
forty-two years ago.
I’ve noticed that mothers teach their daughters
That it’s rude to refuse a hug
From an uncle they’ve met three times,
But forget to teach them
That they aren’t obliged to kiss
The boy who paid for dinner.
Illustration by John D, Batten
for Celtic Fairy Tales collected by Joseph Jacobs