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Dean Castle Arms and Armour


Cinquedea 4


This cinequedea is composed of a strong curved crossguard and tang which is faced with ivory plates. These plates are inlaid with three metal ornaments that are decrated with foliage designs, trefoils and quatrefoils. Both trefoils and quatrefoils are Christian symbols: the trefoil represents the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the quatrefoil, the first four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The edge of the cinquedea's hilt is inscribed with simplistic geometric designs. The unadorned blade is impressed with a maker's mark at its base.

Place of Production:
North Italian
L: 280mm
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
East Ayrshire Council

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