5 July 2005
A Spanish silver-gilt model of a double-sided saw
Possibly Catalan, late 18th century
The two baluster-shaped sides cast with foliage and with pierced foliate bar between, with frog finial and rope-twist handle, the toothed saw attached to base of the sides, the bar engraved with an inscription, marked on bar
7in. (17.8cm.) long
gross 3oz. (117gr.)
The inscription reads, 'Schiso Siendo Maioxdomo. D:b Antonio Radxi.s y Poxtillo. Ano. de. 1772'
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's London, 17 May 1973, lot 85.
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The saw is presumably a badge of office for an officer or warden in the Guild of Carpenters and symbolises the wardenship of Don Antonio Rodri Portillo in 1772.
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