Description & Technical information

Carved on one side as a figure of Charity with children, the other three sides with figures emblematic of Justice, Sea Faring and Religion, below a further four faces and finial comprising a crouching lion holding a shield, the steel blade stamped with a cutler’s mark and the word ‘VARGA’. 

Date:  Late 17th century
Period:  1600-1750, 17th century
Origin:  Germany
Medium: Boxwood
Dimensions: 15.5 cm (6¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: Syd Levethan, The Longridge Collection, Connecticut
Literature: E. H. Pinto, Treen and other wooden bygones (Bell & Hyman, London, 1969), pp. 73-74, pls. 66-67
Categories: Works of Art