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

Date: ca. 1240–50

Culture: French

Medium: Copper, gold, enamel, iron

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Swords-Parts

Credit Line: Gift of Louis J. Cartier, 1938

Accession Number: 38.60

Description

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.

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