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Sword Pommel with the Arms of Pierre de Dreux (ca. 1190–1250), Duke of Brittany and Earl of Richmond

ca. 1240–50
Copper, gold, enamel, iron
H. 2 5/16 in. (6 cm); W. 2 7/16 in. (6.1 cm); D. at center 7/16 in. (1.1 cm); D. at base 1/2 in. (1.2 cm); Wt. 8 oz. (226.8 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Louis J. Cartier, 1938
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 370
This sword pommel is decorated with the arms of Pierre de Dreux, Duke of Brittany, who was captured during the Seventh Crusade at the Battle of al-Mansurah in Egypt on February 8, 1250. He was later ransomed and released, but died during his return to France.
Rome. Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. "Monaci in Armi," November 29, 2004–March 29, 2005.

La Rocca, Donald J. "Sword and Dagger Pommels Associated with the Crusades: Part I." Metropolitan Museum Journal 46 (2011). pp. 135–36, fig. 4.

Dundas, Roger. "Pommel: A Crusaders Sword." Arms Cavalcade: Journal of the Antique Arms Collectors Society of Australia (July 2016). p. 27, ill.

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