Perhaps we shall recoup the vanished patina
to- morrow, when we visit an older and far different town,- Fuenterrabia.
Considered too utilitarian, their decorative appeal- the mellow patina
of the wood plane or the delicately tapered legs of a pair of dividers- often goes unnoticed.
Of somewhat heavier brass than most such similar eagles and exhibiting a well- developed patina,
it may have been an officer's device.