This funerary achievement crest is part of a larger project in conjunction with Westminster Abbey and Tobias Capwell of the Wallace Collection. We approached this project using historical methods of construction suggested from the Italian artist Cennini in his book “Il Libro dell’ Arte” (The Craftsman Handbook). This construction method describes building a crest from shaped halves of leather sewn together and left to dry. The surface details are then applied by either gesso grosso or in this case applied […]
Here are a few examples of some 15th century gun cleaning and maintenance tools. There are two rods: one for cleaning the barrel and one for extracting the shot, along with these is a brass vessel to hold a burning wick for lighting a hand cannon. This vessel would be held upside down on your belt to prevent the lit wick from burning too fast. Materials: Brass, steel, and oak
The stag head is carved out of balsa wood, and hollowed, and to increase the durability of the form it is coated with a linen and glue combination, then painted. The antlers are carved out of poplar wood and gilded. The crescent is removable and is constructed from two halves of copper with repoussed lettering. It was then silver plated and the stem has alternating gold and silver facets.