Lead Moderator European Armoury
Join Date: Dec 2004
Again, thank you!
Old 12th October 2008, 03:17 AM
Join Date: Aug 2008
That so makes sense. I appreciate your passion and knowledge about this.
There is another interesting factor... The Nubian (Egyptian) emerald on the butt and the ones in the sheath haven't been mined since the mid 1500's upon the discovery of Columbia and their far more beautiful gemstones. Since I had to remove the emeralds from their bezels on the sheath to be able to do the soldering required to improve a terrible repair, I discovered a backing on the stones. Further investigating and magnification shows it to be a mixture of crushed malachite and bees wax, a technique used for thousands of years. Upon magnification of the emerald in the butt it has never been removed and has the same backing. So either the artisan stock piled the emeralds for 200 to 300 years or the sheath and grip were created long before the blade, or possibly the age of the blade is a bit older. As you referred to the fullers...just maybe? The techniques and tools used for the gold work and cutting of the gemstones is applicable of an earlier period than the 1500's.
Oh...I am a master jeweler with over 3 decades of experience, and an avid gemstone lover and collector.
This is so much fun, thank you again! It just becomes more interesting...
Yes, the cites are in reference to research on the Morosini's.