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Antique French Solid Cast Iron Plaque Armorial Shield France circa 1885

Antique French solid cast iron plaque armorial shield from France circa 1885 featuring an homage to the age of chivalry and bravery in battle. Please notice the shield which is divided into quarters with the upper left featuring a trio of bold fleur-de-lys and the lower right featuring a quartet of swords or daggers with a fleur-de-lys, set above the shaft of the blade. The helmet is seen in profile and the design dates it to the late 1400's to early 1500's when full body armour was necessary both for war as well as for jousting tournaments. The extravagant plume seen extending from the helmet was a common addition as it served to identify the person inside the helmet. Set at a crossed angle behind the shield is a substantial axe on a wooden shaft with the curved blade fully visible. Set at the other angle is a large spear with a wicked double sided shaft that ends in a point. Below the shield are the ends of both battle implements bound by a rope and tassels on the left and a large foliate flourish on the right. It is important to notice the great detail and full three dimensional impact of this decorative plaque as it packs real visual power. This piece was originally bolted to a wall of either panelling or stone as seen by the four holes. The polished iron is highly reflective and is a wonderful example of nineteenth century decorative iron work.

# EEE127

DIMENSIONS

15.25" w x 1.50" d x 19.75" h

38.74cm w x 3.81cm d x 50.17cm h

$936.00

A solid cast iron plaque from France c. 1885 featuring an homage to the age of chivalry and bravery in battle. Please notice the shield which is divided into quarters with the upper left featuring a trio of bold fleur-de-lys and the lower right featuring a quartet of swords or daggers with a fleur-de-lys, set above the shaft of the blade. The helmet is seen in profile and the design dates it to the late 1400's to early 1500's when full body armour was necessary both for war as well as for jousting tournaments. The extravagant plume seen extending from the helmet was a common addition as it served to identify the person inside the helmet. Set at a crossed angle behind the shield is a substantial axe on a wooden shaft with the curved blade fully visible. Set at the other angle is a large spear with a wicked double sided shaft that ends in a point. Below the shield are the ends of both battle implements bound by a rope and tassels on the left and a large foliate flourish on the right. It is important to notice the great detail and full three dimensional impact of this decorative plaque as it packs real visual power. This piece was originally bolted to a wall of either panelling or stone as seen by the four holes. The polished iron is highly reflective and is a wonderful example of nineteenth century decorative iron work.