RARE ITALIAN BRANDISTOCK
CIRCA 1660
with an extending blade that fully retracts into the iron tubular shaft, rolled and seam welded from a single sheet of steel, the head is very finely wrought and engraved with the spike in the shape of a long bird's beak with detailed eyes and beak line, the spike end is finely engraved and wrought as a bird's talon with four claws, the diamond shaped guide for extracting the slender lozenge section blade, is closed by a hinged cover with an engraved knop finial
44in. (111cm) long, blade 35in. (89cm) long
Provenance:
Ex Hever Castle Sotheby's 1983 lot 154.
Bocca Armi Italiane no 603 illustrates a closely similar Brandistock signed 'Al Segno del Gatto'.
Estimate £4,000-6,000

Sold for £4,625 (buyer's premium included)