Category: italian

Bronze mermaid rope cleats for boating, made i…

Bronze mermaid rope cleats for boating, made in Italy, circa early 20th century.

Various 19th Century BayonetsThis was what my …

Various 19th Century Bayonets

This was what my bayonet collection looked like about 12 years ago. From top to bottom:

  • British Brown Bess Socket Bayonet
  • British Pattern 1876 Martini-Henry Socket Bayonet

  • Italian Bersaglieri Sword Bayonet Dated 1851 
  • French Mle. 1874 Gras Sword Bayonet
  • French Mle. 1874 Gras Sword Bayonet
  • Brazilian Light Minie Rifle Sword Bayonet, made in Germany and probably diverted to the United States during the Civil War.

Campari Soda advertisements by Franz Marangolo…

Campari Soda advertisements by Franz Marangolo, circa 1960s.

Via the Estorick Collection.

victoriansword: A Gilt Brass-Hilted European…

victoriansword:

A Gilt Brass-Hilted European Officer’s Sword, 18th Century

Hilt probably French, early 18th century, blade Italian, 16th century [I doubt it]. Straight 36 inch blade of stiff hexagonal section with 8 inch fuller marked on both sides Frederico Pichinino; side flats etched with scrollwork and panoplies on a gilt ground; heavy ricasso etched with strapwork. Gilt brass baskethilt comprising quillon block flaring to the ricasso, the sides with fleur-de-lys finials; thumb ring; straight quillons swelling at the tips; elaborate basket form of gracefully scrolling branches, the front branches apparently forming the letter M; knucklebow attached to the ovoid pommel with a screw. Grip bound with robust, plaited gilt brass wire. 

Not British or Victorian, but whatever!

Mid Century Modern pendant lamp, Italy, 1950s.

Mid Century Modern pendant lamp, Italy, 1950s.

Sophia Loren as seen in her 1971 cookbook, &ld…

Sophia Loren as seen in her 1971 cookbook, “In cucina con amore” or “In the Kitchen with Love.”

(Via Messy Nessy Chic)

victoriansword: A Gilt Brass-Hilted European…

victoriansword:

A Gilt Brass-Hilted European Officer’s Sword, 18th Century

Hilt probably French, early 18th century, blade Italian, 16th century [I doubt it]. Straight 36 inch blade of stiff hexagonal section with 8 inch fuller marked on both sides Frederico Pichinino; side flats etched with scrollwork and panoplies on a gilt ground; heavy ricasso etched with strapwork. Gilt brass baskethilt comprising quillon block flaring to the ricasso, the sides with fleur-de-lys finials; thumb ring; straight quillons swelling at the tips; elaborate basket form of gracefully scrolling branches, the front branches apparently forming the letter M; knucklebow attached to the ovoid pommel with a screw. Grip bound with robust, plaited gilt brass wire. 

Not British or Victorian, but whatever!

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Hombre” poster for Italian release, 1967.

Italian Cimaruta Witch Charm, 19th Century ADA…

Italian Cimaruta Witch Charm, 19th Century AD

A
silver amulet in the form of a sprig of rue with three branches further
subdividing to two stalks on each; at the end of each stalk is a symbol
comprising: a hand making the mano fico sign, and hand holding a
dagger, a snake, the crescent moon with face, a heart, key, rose and
cockerel; with three lobed suspension ring. 15 grams, 70mm (2 ¾")

The cimaruta is a very old charm rooted in the lore of Roman polytheism. Like many of the lasting ancient symbols and beliefs the cimaruta
design eventually took on symbolic elements of Catholicism. One example
of a Christian addition to the design is the appearance of “the sacred
heart” of Jesus. The word cimaruta literally means ‘a sprig of
rue’, a herb that is highly featured in Italian magic and lore.The
branch of the rue is divided into three stems symbolizing the triformis
goddess Diana. Rue is one of the sacred herbs of this goddess. Various
charms appear on the rue design and each one bears its own meaning. The
primary symbols are the moon, serpent, and key. These represent the
goddess in her triple form as Hecate (the key), Diana (the moon) and
Proserpina (the serpent).  This ancient grouping of the goddess appears
in the ancient writings of such figures as Lucan. Ovid and Horace also
feature the goddess Diana in their writings related to witchcraft. These
amulets were mostly produced from the late 18th century up to the
present day in Naples, South Italy, where belief in the Evil Eye has
remained strong.

The Silver Trail: How An Italian Immigrant Mad…

The Silver Trail: How An Italian Immigrant Made His Mark on Southwestern Jewelry