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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

Works of Art Exhibited at Marlborough House, 1854: Iron Dagger and Knocker from Nuremberg 1854

Albumen print | 18.4 x 12.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2800196

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Photograph of three metal objects, a dagger, door knocker and key, fixed onto a wooden pane. The dagger's handle is in the shape of a male soldier standing on a large snake and flanked by eagles. The dagger's scabbard, or sheath, is decorated by three panels. The main panel, in the centre, depicts a man in armour. The other two smaller panels are decorated with scrolls incorporating vegetal and animal elements. The door knocker, on the right, has a scalloped shell top decorated with open scrollwork. The hinged part of the knocker is decorated by a male figure standing on pedestal within a gothic-style niche. A similar design is used for the two elements on each side of the knocker plate.
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 18.4 x 12.5 cm (image)

  • 'Iron Dagger and Knocker from Nuremberg'

  • Commissioned by Henry Cole. Later acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Marlborough House [London]
        • Germany
          • Bavaria [Germany]
            • Nuremberg [Germany]
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Side arms (weapons)
              • Daggers
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Birds
            • Birds of prey
              • Eagles
              • Owls
          • Reptiles
            • Snakes
            • Lizards