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With flat single edged re-curved blade stamped once with a cutler’s mark and with an engraved strip of silver along the back edge. The green stained ivory handle is inset with silver cabbalistic devices, foliage and flowers, the tang of the blade also engraved with cabbalistic devices, the pommel with similar devices within a rococo frame. The original silver mounted velvet lined case covered in green shagreen. The lid with a silver plaque engraved ‘Cagliostro’
Late 18th Century
Size : 39 cm long – 15 ¼ ins long
Cagliostro was a friend of the Comte de Saint-Germain who intiated him into Egyptian Freemasonry. Cagliostro devised a system of 'Egyptian Masonry' which from 1777 he tried to have adopted all over Europe. The rituals included the Master drawing mystical circles in the air with a 'sword' in the four corners of the lodge and it is likely that this knife was created for this purpose, as well as being Cagliostro's personal dagger.
Cagliostro tangled with most of the major figures of the enlightenment of Europe, among them Mozart, who included him in "the magic flute' as the Egyptian Mason Sarastro, Goethe, Cassanova and Catherine the Great. His bust was sculpted in marble by Houdon. However, eventually he was imprisoned by the Inquisition and sentenced to death, but the Pope commuted this to life imprisonment.
In prison he went mad and died in 1795, but his death was not widely accepted as he had always believed himself immortal. Napoleon was forced to commission an independent report to prove that he was at last dead.
|Height||39.00 cm||(15.35 inches)|