Undoubtedly of courtly provenance and with similar pieces gracing prestigious collections such as the Wallace Collection in London or the highly respected former Dreger Collection in Berlin, a distinguished, silver damascened sword is expected to fetch 35,000 euros. This extraordinary edged weapon, whose blade was forged in Solingen circa 1610, features almost every conceivable decorative technique. The quillons is embellished with openwork, inlaid in silver and partially gilt, while the grip is wound with silver wire and the pommel has six fullers, lavishly inlaid in silver, with gilt fullers. Shields, some of which were highly ostentatious, provided the final flourish to the equipment and defences of the combatants. One such is a Milanese gold-inlaid roundel, of breathtaking aesthetic appeal and with impressive workmanship, that probably dates from the second half of the 17th century. Adorned with antique-style warriors in combat, the iron shield is sure to coax an enthusiast into investing 20,000 euros.