This spring saw the usual wide range of arms and armour, including a number of irresistible edged weapons, outstanding in both quality and quantity. Among them was a distinguished, silver damascened sword, made in Germany circa 1610. The deluxe weapon of courtly provenance, featuring silver-inlaid tendril and floral decoration, now takes pride of place in a new collection for 43,750 euros, its guide price of 35,000 euros notwithstanding. Next up, a connoisseur had to part with a similar sum, namely 42,500 euros, for a gold-inlaid Milanese parade shield from 1560/70, for which bids from 20,000 euros had been invited. The entire surface was covered in hammered, chiselled décor with fine gold inlays featuring an expressive scene of warriors fighting in antique-style dress. Invariably walking the tightrope between optimum mobility and optimum protection, the most outstanding craftsmen of their time created objects beyond compare, such as a black and white half armour for a man-at-arms from South Germany. Complete with the matching burgonet, the set had been estimated at 25,000 euros, yet sold for 31,250 euros. Dating from 1560, every last component in this set of exceptionally decorative and homogeneous armour was original. The association could be clearly seen in the identical chased décor of finely inset, decorative lines and surrounding band of meander ornament in black and white, popularly known as running dog.