Signature: engraved within a cartouche on the reverse of the blade at its base: Robert Mole / Sword Cutler / Birmingham.
Inscription: inscribed on the guard beneath the crowned coat of arms of Haiti: “DIEU MA PATRIE ET MON EPEE LIBERTE INDEPENDENCE”; on the obverse of the blade: “HOMMAGE DU G•O•D’ HAITI”; on the reverse of the blade: “A L.’ ILL. FAUSTIN SOULOUQUE EMPEREUR D’ HAITI”
Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze (previously featured here) recently completed a fascinating new series of his exquisite taxidermy Fairies. These delicate sculptures are primarily composed of parts from many different insect species, but if you look closely you’ll notice bones, seeds and even a few scorpion parts as well.
Visit Cedric Laquieze’s blog for many additional images and to check out some of his other enchanting creations.
The sword has a curved, single-edged, concave blade. The silver grip and ring-nut are engraved with floral motifs and have remains of gilding and nielloed frames. The pommel features the typical “ears”.