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Old 25th March 2019, 08:06 PM   #15
Tim Simmons
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I this case the craftsmanship, laying out and technique of execution of the overall design. The formal layout out of the floral motifs on the cross guard are rather rough and the some what better floral motifs in the centre are poorly bordered. Work is governed by many circumstances , environments, technologies and cultures . I also mentioned war as a disruptive force on manufacturing. However having in mind the origins of this piece and the fact that silver a material with trappings of status the work is poor. A person could write volumes on art and function, art society and culture. For us looking and research is best. This is an okay sword with okay-ish decoration just because it is silver does not make poor work good.
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