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His great work, La Scienza della Legislazione, has gone through | uniformly as possible. Sixty to eighty cuts are made in many editions, and has been translated into most of the languages of Europe. The best Italian edition is perhaps that of Livorno, in 5 vols. 8vo (1807). The Milan edition (1822) contains the Opusculi scelti and lire by Donato Tommasi. A French translation, by Gallois, appeared in Paris in 7 vols. 8vo (1786-98); it was republished in 1822-24, with the addition of the Opuscules and notes by Benjamin Constant. The Science of Legislation was translated into English by Sir R. Clayton (London, 1806).

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FILE, a bar of steel having sharp teeth on its surface, and used for abrading or smoothing hard substances. Some uncivilized tribes polish their weapons with such things as rough stones, pieces of shark skin, or fishes' teeth. The operation of filing is recorded in 1 Sam. xiii. 21; and, among other facts, the similarity of the name for the filing instrument among various European peoples points to an early practice of the art. A file differs from a rasp (which is chiefly used for working wood, horn, and the like) in having its teeth cut with a chisel whose straight edge extends across its surface, while the teeth of the rasp are formed by solitary indentations of a pointed chisel. According to the form of their teeth, files may be single-cut or double-cut; the former have only one set of parallel ridges (either at right angles or at some other angle with the length); the latter (and more common) have a second set cut at an angle with the first. The double-cut file presents sharp angles to the filed surface, and is better suited for hard metals. Files are also classed according to fineness of teeth, being known (in order of increasing fineness) as rough, bastard, second-cut, smooth, and superfine or dead smooth. The shapes of files present almost endless varieties. Common forms are the flat file, of parallelogram section, with uniform breadth and thickness, or tapering, or "bellied"; the four-square file, of square section, sometimes with one side "safe," or left smooth; the so-called three-square file, having its cross section an equilateral triangle, the half-round file, a segment of a circle, the round or rat-tail file, a circle; these are generally tapered. The float file is like the flat, but single-cut. There are many others. Files vary in length from three-quarters of an inch (watchmakers') to two or three feet and upwards (engineers'). The length is reckoned exclusively of the spike or tang which enters the handle. Most files are tapered; the blunt are nearly parallel, with larger section near the middle; a few are parallel. The rifflers of sculptors and a few other files are curvilinear in their central line.

Cast-steel is the material chiefly used for files, though the larger and rougher varieties are sometimes made from blister-steel. In manufacture, the blanks are forged from bars that have been tilted or rolled as nearly as possible to the sections required. They are then annealed with great care, and when sufficiently softened are taken out, straight ened, if necessary, with hand hammers, and then rendered clean and accurate in form by filing or grinding. They are now ready for cutting. In this process, as performed by hand, the cutter sits before a square stake or anvil, on which the blank, slightly greased, is held (having its tang towards him) by means of two leather straps passed round its ends, and held fast below, one by each foot. He holds in his left hand a short chisel (the edge of which always exceeds the width of the file), placing it on the blank with a slight inclination from him, and beginning near the further end. He strikes the chisel sharply with a hammer, an indentation is thus made, and the steel, slightly thrown up on the side next the tang, forms a ridge. The chisel is then transferred to the uncut surface, and slid from the operator till it reaches the ridge just made; thus the position of the next cut is determined; the chisel is again struck, and so on. (The end part of the file is dealt with separately.) The workman seeks to give his blows as

one minute. After finishing the first course of cuts, he proceeds, if the file is to be double-cut, to make the second course, the cuts of the latter being generally somewhat finer. Thus the surface is covered with teeth inclined towards the point of the file. If the file is flat and is to be cut on the other side, it is turned over, and a thin plate of pewter placed below it to protect the teeth. Triangular and other files are supported in grooves in lead. In cutting round and half-round files, a straight chisel is applied as tangent to the curve. The round face of a half-round file requires eight, ten, or more courses to complete it.

The file is next hardened. Being first covered with a paste to protect the teeth from the direct action of fire, &c. (e.g., passed through beer-grounds to make it sticky, then through a mixture of common salt with roasted and pounded cow's hoof), it is heated to an even red heat, and then suddenly cooled by plunging in cold water or brine. It is removed before cooling throughout, that it may be straightened if necessary (which is done by pressure). Then it is cooled in oil. The tang is next submitted to a softening process, and the file, after being wiped, and the teeth brushed clean, is ready for fixing into the handle and for use. In England files are chiefly made in Sheffield and Warrington, those of the latter place being generally known as Lancashire files. It is remarkable that while many other operations that appear more difficult than file-cutting are now effected by machinery, and while numerous file-cutting machines have been invented, the work continues (in England) to be largely done by hand. This is perhaps partly due to strong opposition on the part of operatives to introduction of machinery, and also to a foolish prejudice in favour of hand-cut files (machine-cut files, indeed, are not unfrequently sold as hand-cut), but probably also to the problem of cutting files by machinery being really somewhat difficult. In most of the machines invented for that purpose, the idea has been to construct an iron arm and hand to hold the chisel, and a hammer to strike the blow, and so to imitate, as closely as possible, the manual process. Bernot's machine is an improvement on this. In it the blow is given by pressure of a flat steel. spring pressing on the top of a vertical slide, at the lower end of which the chisel is firmly fixed. The slide is acted on by a cam making about one thousand revolutions a minute, and the chisel consequently strikes that number of blows per minute. The vibration is thus lessened. The history of file-making by machinery in America (where it has been extensively practised) seems to indicate that much of the failure experienced has been due to the fatal defect in the machinery used, of producing extreme regularity in the teeth. This gives rise to complaints by artisans about files "running in grooves," "chattering," &c. The grooves produced by the file (if double-cut especially) at the beginning of its movement are deepened as it is moved further. With irregular teeth, on the other hand, such as are found in all hand-made files, the grooves made in the first instance have their sides cut away as the file is advanced. The Nicholson File Company, in Providence, Rhode Island, have used, with large and increasing success, a machine which imitates, to some extent, this irregular result of the hand process, cutting the file so that no two spaces are found exactly alike in the entire length.

The filing of a flat surface perfectly true is the test of a good filer; and this is no easy matter to the beginner. The piece to be operated upon is generally fixed about the level of the elbow, the operator standing, and, except in the case of small files, grasping the file with both hands, the handle with the right, the further end with the left. The great point is to be able to move the file forward with pressure in horizontal straight lines; from the tendency of the hands to

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move in arcs of circles, the heel and point of the file are apt to be alternately raised. This is partially compensated by the bellied form given to many files (which also counteracts the frequent warping effect of the hardening process, by which one side of a flat file may be rendered concave and useless). In bringing back the file for the next thrust it is nearly lifted off the work. Further, much delicacy and skill are required in adapting the pressure and velocity, ascertaining if foreign matters or filings remain interposed between the file and the work, &c. Files can be cleaned with a piece of the so-called cotton-card (used in combing cotton wool) nailed to a piece of wood. In draw-filing, which is sometimes resorted to to give a neat finish, the file is drawn sideways to and fro over the work. New files are generally used for a time on brass or cast-iron, and when partially worn they are still available for filing wrought iron and steel.

An interesting application of the sandblast to sharpening the teeth of files has recently been made by Mr. Tilghman. (A. B. M.) FILE-FISH and TRIGGER-FISH are names given to fishes of the genus Balistes (and Monacanthus) inhabiting all tropical and subtropical seas. Their body is compressed and not covered with ordinary scales, but with small juxtaposed scutes. Their other principal characteristics consist in the structure of their first dorsal fin (which consists of three spines) and in their peculiar dentition. The first of the three dorsal spines is very strong, roughened in front like a file, and hollowed out behind to receive the second much smaller spine, which, besides, has a projection in front, at its base, fitting into a notch of the first. Thus these two spines can only be raised or depressed simultaneously, in such a manner that the first cannot be forced down unless the second has been previously depressed. The latter has been compared to a trigger, hence the name of Trigger-fish. Also the generic name Balistes and the


upon the scene of human life, Petrarch and the students
of Florence had already brought the first act in the recovery
of classic culture to conclusion. They had created an eager
appetite for the antique, had disinterred many important
Roman authors, and had freed Latin scholarship to some
extent from the barbarism of the Middle Ages. Filelfo
was destined to carry on their work in the field of Latin
literature, and to be an important agent in the still unac
complished recovery of Greek culture. His earliest studies
in grammar, rhetoric, and the Latin language were con-
ducted at Padua, where he acquired so great a reputa-
tion for learning that in 1417 he was invited to teach
eloquence and moral philosophy at Venice. According to
the custom of that age in Italy, it now became his duty to
explain the language, and to illustrate the beauties of the
principal Latin authors, Cicero and Virgil being considered
the chief masters of moral science and of elegant diction.
Filelfo made his mark at once in Venice. He was admitted
to the society of the first scholars and the most eminent
nobles of that city; and in 1419 he received an appoint-
ment from the state, which enabled him to reside aз
secretary to the consul-general of the Venetians in Con-
stantinople. This appointment was not only honourable
to Filelfo as a man of trust and general ability, but it
also gave him the opportunity of acquiring the most coveted
of all possessions at that moment for a scholar-
-a know-
ledge of the Greek language. Immediately after his arrival
in Constantinople, Filelfo placed himself under the tuition
of John Chrysoloras, whose name was already well known
in Italy as brother of Manuel, the first Greek to profess
the literature of his ancestors in Florence. At the recom-
mendation of Chrysoloras he was employed in several
diplomatic missions by the emperor John Palæologus.
Before very long the friendship between Filelfo and his
tutor was cemented by the marriage of the former to
Theodora, the daughter of John Chrysoloras. He had now
acquired a thorough knowledge of the Greek language,
and had formed a large collection of Greek manuscripts.
There was no reason why he should not return to his
native country. Accordingly, in 1427 he accepted an
invitation from the republic of Venice, and set sail for
Italy, intending to resume his professorial career. From
this time forward until the date of his death, Filelfo's
history consists of a record of the various towns in which
he lectured, the masters whom he served, the books he
wrote, the authors he illustrated, the friendships he con-
tracted, and the wars he waged with rival scholars. He
was a man of vast physical energy, of inexhaustible mental
activity, of quick passions, and violent appetites; vain,
restless, greedy of gold and pleasure and fame; unable to
stay quiet in one place, and perpetually engaged in quarrels
with his compeers.


Balistes vidua.

Italian name of "Pesce balistra" refer to this structure. Both jaws are armed with eight strong incisor-like and sometimes pointed teeth, by which these fishes are enabled, not only to break off pieces of madrepores and other corals on which they feed, but also to chisel a hole into the hard shells of Mollusca, in order to extract the soft parts. In this way they destroy an immense number of mollusks, and become most injurious to the pearl-fisheries. The gradual failure of those fisheries in Ceylon has been ascribed to this cause, although evidently other agencies must have been at work at the same time. The Monacanthi are distinguished from the Balistes in having only one dorsal spine and a velvety covering of the skin. Some 30 different species are known of Balistes, and about 50 of Monacanthus. Two species (B. maculatus and capriscus), common in the Atlantic, sometimes wander to the British



FILELFO, FRANCESCO (1398-1481), was born in 1398 at Tolentino, in the March of Ancona. When he appeared

When Filelfo arrived at Venice with his family in 1427, he found that the city had almost been emptied by the plague, and that his scholars would be few. He therefore removed to Bologna; but here also he was met with drawbacks. The city was too much disturbed with political dissensions to attend to him; so Filelfo crossed the Apennines and settled in Florence. At Florence began one of the most brilliant and eventful periods of his life. During the week he lectured to large audiences of young and old on the principal Greek and Latin authors, and on Sundays he explained Dante to the people in the Duomo. In addition to these labours of the chair, he found time to translate portions of Aristotle, Plutarch, Xenophon, and Lysias from the Greek. Nor was he dead to the claims of society. At first he seems to have lived with the Florentine scholars on tolerably good terms; but his temper was so arrogant that Cosimo de' Medici's friends were not long able to put up with him. Filelfo hereupon broke out into open and IX.


violent animosity; and when Cosimo was exiled by the Albizzi party in 1433, he urged the signoria of Florence to pronounce upon him the sentence of death. On the return of Cosimo to Florence, Filelfo's position in that city was no longer tenable. His life, he asserted, had been already once attempted by a cut-throat in the pay of the Medici; and now he readily accepted an invitation from the state of Siena. In Siena, however, he was not destined to remain more than four years. His fame as a professor had grown great in Italy, and he daily received tempting offers from princes and republics. The most alluring of these, made him by the duke of Milan, Filippo Maria Visconti, he decided on accepting; and in 1440 he was received with honour by his new master in the capital of Lombardy.

Filelfo's life at Milan curiously illustrates the multifarious importance of the scholars of that age in Italy. It was his duty to celebrate his princely patrons in panegyrics and epics, to abuse their enemies in libels and invectives, to salute them with encomiastic odes on their birthdays, and to compose poems on their favourite themes. For their courtiers he wrote epithalamial and funeral orations; ambassadors and visitors from foreign states he greeted with the rhetorical lucubrations then so much in vogue. The students of the university he taught in daily lectures, passing in review the weightiest and lightest authors of antiquity, and pouring forth a flood of miscellaneous erudition. Not satisfied with these outlets for his mental energy, Filelfo went on translating from the Greek, and prosecuted a paper warfare with his enemies in Florence. He wrote, moreover, political pamphlets on the great events of Italian history; and when Constantinople was taken by the Turks, he procured the liberation of his wife's mother by a message addressed in his own name to the sultan. In addition to a fixed stipend of some 700 golden florins yearly, he was continually in receipt of special payments for the orations and poems he produced; so that, had he been a man of frugal habits or of moderate economy, he might have amassed a considerable fortune. As it was, he spent his money as fast as he received it, living in a style of splendour ill befitting a simple scholar, and indulging his taste for pleasure in more than questionable amusements. In consequence of this prodigality, he was always poor. His letters and his poems abound in impudent demands for money from patrons, some of them couched in language of the lowest adulation, and others savouring of literary brigandage.

During the second year of his Milanese residence Filelfo lost his first wife, Theodora. He soon married again; and this time he chose for his bride a young lady of good Lombard family, called Orsina Osnaga. When she died, he took in wedlock for the third time a woman of Lombard birth, Laura Magiolini. To all his three wives, in spite of numerous infidelities, he seems to have been warmly attached; and this is perhaps the best trait in a character otherwise more remarkable for arrogance and heat than for auy amiable qualities.

On the death of Filippo Maria Visconti, Filelfo, after a short hesitation, transferred his allegiance to Francesco Sforza, the new duke of Milan; and in order to curry favour with this parvenu, he began his pouderous epic, the Sforziad, of which 12,800 lines were written, but which was never published. When Francesco Sforza died, Filelfo turned his thoughts towards Rome. He was now an old man of seventy-seven years, honoured with the friendship of princes, recognized as the most distinguished of Italian humanists, courted by pontiffs, and decorated with the laurel wreath and the order of knighthood by kings. Crossing the Apennines and passing through Florence, he reached Rome in the second week of 1475. The terrible Sixtus IV. ruled in the Vatican; and from this pope Filelfo had


received an invitation to occupy the chair of rhetoric with good emoluments. At first he was vastly pleased with the city and court of Rome; but his satisfaction ere long turned to discontent, and he gave vent to his ill humour in a venomous satire on the pope's treasurer, Milliardo Cicala. Sixtus himself soon fell under the ban of his displeasure; and when a year had passed, he left Rome never to return. Filelfo reached Milan to find that his wife had died of the plague in his absence, and was already buried. His own death followed speedily. For some time past he had been desirous of displaying his abilities and adding to his fame in Florence. Years had healed the breach between him and the Medicean family; and on the occasion of the Pazzi conspiracy against the life of Lorenzo de' Medici, he had sent violent letters of abuse to his papal patron Sixtus, denouncing his participation in a plot so dangerous to the security of Italy. Lorenzo now invited him to profess Greek at Florence, and thither Filelfo journeyed in 1481. But two weeks after his arrival he succumbed to dysentery, and was buried at the age of eighty-three in the church of the Annunziata.


Filelfo deserves commemoration among the greatest humanists of the Italian Renaissance, not for the beauty of his style, not for the elevation of his genius, not for the accuracy of his learning, but for his energy, and for his complete adaptation to the times in which he lived. His erudition was large but ill-digested; his knowledge of the ancient authors, if extensive, was superficial; his style was vulgar; he had no brilliancy of imagination, no pungency of epigram, no grandeur of rhetoric. Therefore he has left nothing to posterity which the world would not very willingly let die. But in his own days he did excellent service to learning by his untiring activity, and by the facility with which he used his stores of knowledge. It was an age of accumulation and preparation, when the world was still amassing and cataloguing the fragments rescued from the wrecks of Greece and Rome. Men had to receive very rudiments of culture before they could appreciate its niceties. And in this work of collection and instruction Filelfo excelled, passing rapidly from place to place, stirring up the zeal for learning by the passion of his own enthusiastic temperament, and acting as a pioneer for men like Poliziano and Erasmus. All that is worth knowing about Filelfo is contained in Rosmini's admirable Vita di Filelfo, Milan, 1808; but the student may also consult Roscoe's Life of Lorenzo de' Medici, Vespasiano's Vite di Uomini Illustri, and Burckhardt's Italian Renaissance, with profit. (J. A. S.) FILIBUSTER, a name first given to the buccaneers, a band of piratical adventurers who maintained themselves chiefly in the Caribbean seas during the 17th century (see BUCCANEER). The origin of the term has been explained in two ways, some deriving it from the English word flyboat, French flibot, Spanish flibote, a name given to a small vessel not exceeding 100 tons, which, on account of its sailing qualities, was much used by pirates, while others make it synonymous with the Dutch vry buiter, German freibeuter, English freebooter, the word changing first into fribustier, and then into French flibustier, Spanish filibustero. Flibustier has passed into the French language and filibustero into the Spanish language as a general name for a pirate, and the term filibuster was revived in America to designate those adventurers who, after the termination of the war between Mexico and the United States, organized expeditions within the United States against the Spanish West Indies.

FILICAIA, VINCENZO DA (1642-1707), sprung from an ancient and noble family of Florence, was born in that city December 30, 1642. From an incidental notice in one of his letters, stating the amount of house rent paid during

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and spontaneous, as in the two sonnets "Italia tu cui feo la sorte" and "Dov' è, Italia, il tuo b a che ti serve; "7 in the verses (C Alla beata Verg divino amore;" in the sonnet "Sulla fede nelle dis the truth and beauty of thought and language verse of Petrarch. Besides the poems publishe complete Venice edition of 1762, several oth appeared for the first time in the small Florend brought out by Barbera in 1864.

FILIGREE, formerly written filigrain or filig Italian filigrana, Fr. filigrane, Span. filigran Drahtgeflecht), jewel work of a delicate kind m threads and beads usually of gold and silver. pound word from the Latin filum, thread, and grain, is not found in Ducange, and is indeed o origin. Though filigree has become a special 1 jewel work in modern times it was anciently pa ordinary work of the jeweller. Signor Castella in his lecture on "Antique Jewellery," that all t lery of the Etruscans and Greeks was made by together wires and grains or minute plates of go than by hammering or stamping the precious dies.

his childhood, his parents must have been in easy circum-
stances, and the supposition is confirmed by the fact that
he enjoyed all the advantages of a liberal education, first
under the Jesuits of Florence, and then in the university of
Pisa. At Pisa his mind became stored, not only with the
results of patient study in various branches of letters, but
with the great historical associations linked with the former
glory of the Pisan republic, and with one remarkable
institution of which Pisa was the seat. To the tourist who
now visits Pisa the banners and emblems of the order of
St Stephen are mere matter of curiosity, but they had a
serious significance two hundred years ago to the young
Tuscan, who knew that these naval crusaders formed the
main defence of his country and commerce against the
Turkish, Algerine, and Tunisian corsairs. After a five
years' residence in Pisa he returned to Florence, where he
married Anna, daughter of the senator and marquis
Scipione Capponi, and withdrew to a small villa at Figline,
not far from the city. Abjuring the thought of writing
amatory poetry in consequence of the premature death of a
young lady to whom he had been attached, he occupied
himself chiefly with literary pursuits, above all the com-
position of Italian and Latin poetry. His own literary
eminence, the opportunities enjoyed by him as a member
of the celebrated Academy Della Crusca for making known
his critical taste and classical knowledge, and the social
relations within the reach of a noble Florentine so closely
allied with the great house of Capponi, sufficiently explain
the intimate terms on which he stood with such eminent
men of letters as Magalotti, Menzini, Gori, and Redi. The
last-named, the author of Bacchus in Tuscany, was not only
one of the most brilliant poets of his time, and a safe
literary adviser; he was the court physician, and his court
influence was employed with zeal and effect in his friend's
favour. Filicaia's rural seclusion was owing even more to
his straitened means than to his rural tastes. If he ceased
at length to pine in obscurity, the change was owing not
merely to the fact that his poetical genius, fired by the
deliverance of Vienna from the Turks in 1683, poured
forth the right strains at the right time, but also to the
influence of Redi, who not only laid Filicaia's verses before
his own sovereign, but had them transmitted with the least
possible delay to the foreign princes whose noble deeds they
sung. The first recompense came, however, not from those
princes, but from Christina, the ex-queen of Sweden, who,
from her circle of savans and courtiers at Rome, spon-
taneously and generously announced to Filicaia her wish to
bear the expense of educating his two sons, enhancing her
kindness by the delicate request that it should remain a
secret. And now the tide of Filicaia's fortunes turned. The
grand-duke of Tuscany, Cosmo III., conferred on him an
important office, the commissionership of official balloting.
He was named governor of Volterra in 1696, where he
strenuously exerted himself to raise the tone of public
morality. Both there and at Pisa, where he was subse-
quently governor in 1700, his popularity was so great that
on his removal the inhabitants of both cities petitioned for
his recall.
He passed the close of his life at Florence;
the grand-duke raised him to the rank of senator, and he
died in that city on the 24th of September 1707. He
was buried in the family vault in the church of St Peter,
and a monument was erected to his memory by his sole
son Scipione Filicaia. In the six celebrated
odes inspired by the great victory of Sobieski, Filicaia
took a lyrical flight which has placed him at moments on
a level with the greatest Italian poets. They are, however,
unequal, like all his poetry, reflecting in some passages
the native vigour of his genius and purest inspirations of

Probably the oldest existing jewel work is th has been found by Belzoni, Wilkinson, Mariette, Egyptian discoverers in the tombs of Thebes a places. Filigree forms an important feature of mentation. Amongst the jewellery now in th Museum, and in the Louvre in Paris, are examp round plaited gold chains of fine wire, such as are by the filigree workers of India, and known as Tri chains. From some of these are hung smaller finer wire with minute fishes and other pendants to them. Most of the rings found in these colle whipped with gold wire soldered to the hoop. T and Etruscan filigree of about 3000 years ago is ordinary fineness and very perfect execution. A of earrings and other personal ornaments found i Italy are preserved in the Campana collection Louvre and amongst the gems of the British Almost all of them are made of filigree work. rings are in the form of flowers of geometric design, by one or more rims each made up of minute volut wire, and this kind of ornament is varied differences in the way of disposing the number of ment of the volutes. But the feathers and petals Italian filigree are not seen in these ancient des many earrings chains hang from the upper part, birds, such as doves or peacocks covered with en set amongst these hanging ornaments. Other earrings are short tubes of gold, half or three-quar inch long by half an inch or less in diameter, wit of gold attached to the side, and the whole surfac with filigree soldered on in minute patterns. Ma resemble fishes with the tails in their mouths, m

nis tastes, whilst in others they are deformed by the thin plates of gold and wire work of the san affectations of the Seicentisti. When thoroughly natural A beautiful collection of antique examples


The art may be said to consist in curling, twis plaiting fine pliable threads of metal, and unit at their points of contact with gold or silver s borax, by the help of the blow-pipe. Small beads of the same metals are often set in the volutes, on the junctions, or at intervals at w will set off the wire work effectively. The mor work is generally protected by framework of sto Brooches, crosses, earrings, and other personal of modern filigree are generally surrounded and s by bands of square or flat metal, giving consister filling up, which would not otherwise keep i shape.

jewellery found in the Chersonese and along the coast of Asia Minor was placed, before the Crimean war, in a museum at Kerteh. Many bracelets and necklaces in that collection are made of twisted wire, some in as many as seven rows of plaiting, with clasps in the shape of heads of animals of beaten work.. Others are strings of large beads of gold, with grains of gold, or with volutes and knots of wire soldered over the surfaces. (See the Bosphore Cimmerien, in which will be found careful engravings of these objects.) In the British Museum a sceptre, probably that of a Greek priestess, is covered with plaited and netted gold wire, finished with a sort of Corinthian capital and a boss of green glass.

It is probable that in India and various parts of central Asia filigree has been worked from the most remote period without any change in the designs. Whether the Asiatic jewellers were influenced by the Greeks settled on that continent, or merely trained under traditions held in common with them, it is certain that the Indian filigree workers retain the same patterns as those of the ancient Greeks, and work them in the same way, down to the present day. Wandering workmen are given so much gold, coined or rough, which is weighed, heated in a pan of charcoal, beaten into wire, and then worked in the courtyard or verandah of the employer's house according to the designs of the artist, who weighs the complete work on restoring it and is paid at a specified rate for his labour. Very fine grains or beads and spines of gold, scarcely thicker than coarse hair, projecting from plates of gold are methods of ornamentation still used. This work requires the utmost delicacy of hand to execute, and is of extraordinary richness of effect. Signor Castellani, the modern Cellini of Italy, who has made the antique filigree work of the Etruscans and Greeks his special study, found it for a long time impossible to revive this particular process of delicate soldering; but the difficulty has been overcome at last.

Passing to later times we may notice in many collections of medieval jewel work (such as that in the South Kensington Museum) reliquaries, covers for the gospels, &c., made either in Constantinople from the 6th to the 12th centuries, or in monasteries in Europe, in which Byzantine goldsmiths' work was studied and imitated. These objects, besides being enriched with precious stones, polished, but not cut into facets, and with enamel, are often decorated with filigree. Large surfaces of gold are sometimes covered with scrolls of filigree soldered on; and corner pieces of the borders of book covers, or the panels of reliquaries, are not unfrequently made up of complicated pieces of plaited work alternating with spaces encrusted with enamel. Byzantine filigree work occasionally has small stones set amongst the curves or knots. Examples of such decoration can be seen in the South Kensington and British Museums. In the north of Europe the Saxons, Britons, and Celts were from an early period skilful in several kinds of goldsmiths' work. As early as the middle of the 5th century the brooches and other personal ornaments of the "Littus Saxonicum" in England were encrusted with enamel, often set in bands of pure gold, and the enamel work varied with borders or centres of filigree.

The Irish filigree work is more thoughtful in design and more varied in pattern than that of any period or country that could be named. It reached its highest perfection, according to Dr Petrie, in the 10th and 11th centuries. The Royal Irish Academy in Dublin contains a number of reliquaries and personal jewels, of which filigree is the general and most remarkable ornament. The " Tara" brooch has been copied and imitated, and the shape and decoration of it are well known. Instead of fine curls or volutes of gold thread, the Irish filigree is varied by numerous

designs in which one thread can be traced through curious knots and complications, which, disposed over large surfaces, balance one another, but always with special varieties and arrangements difficult to trace with the eye. The long thread appears and disappears without breach of coutinuity, the two ends generally worked into the head and the tail of a serpent or a monster. The reliquary containing the "Bell of St Patrick" is covered with knotted work in many varieties. A two-handled chalice, called the "Ardagh cup," found near Limerick a few years since, has belts, bosses at the junctions of the handles, and the whole lining of the foot ornamented with work of this kind of extraordinary fineness. The late Lord Dunraven (Royal Irish Academy Trans., vol. xxiv.) numbers forty varieties of pattern on this cup alone. Some are the Greek fret with Celtic varieties, spiral trumpet-shaped lines, interlaced bands, knots, and arabesques, all in several varieties.

Much of the medieval jewel work all over Europe down to the 15th century, on reliquaries, crosses, croziers, and other ecclesiastical goldsmiths' work, is set off with bosses and borders of filigree. Filigree work in silver was practised by the Moors of Spain during the Middle Ages with great skill, and was introduced by them and established all over the Peninsula, where silver filigree jewellery of delicate and artistic design is still made in considerable quantities. The manufacture spread over the Balearic Islands, and among the populations that border the Mediterranean. It is still made all over Italy, and in Albania, the Ionian Islands, and many other parts of Greece. That of the Greeks is sometimes on a large scale, with several thicknesses of wires alternating with larger and smaller bosses and beads, sometimes set with turquoises, &c., and mounted on convex plates, making rich ornamental headpieces, belts, and breast ornaments. Filigree silver buttons of wire work and small bosses are worn by the peasants in most of the countries that produce this kind of jewellery. Silver filigree brooches and buttons are also made in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Little chains and pendants are added to much of this northern work. Beautiful specimens have been contributed to the various international exhibitions.

Some very curious filigree work was brought from Abyssinia after the capture of Magdala-arm guards, slippers, cups, &c., some of which are now in the South Kensington Museum. They are made of thin plates of silver, over which the wire work is soldered. The filigree is subdivided by narrow borders of simple pattern, and the intervening spaces are made up of many patterns, some with grains set at intervals.

Great interest has been felt in the revival of the designs of antique jewellery by Signor Castellani. He collected examples of the peasant jewellery still made in many provinces of Italy on traditionary designs preserved from a remote antiquity. Most of the decoration is in filigree of many varieties. It was in part through the help of workmen in remote villages, who retained the use of various kinds of solders, long forgotten elsewhere, that the fine reproductions of antique gold filigree have been so beautifully carried into execution in Italy, and by Italian jewellers in London.

For examples of antique work the student should examine the jewel room of the British Museum, the Campana collection in the Louvre in Paris, and the collection in the South Kensington Museum. The last contains a large and very varied assortment of modern Italian, Spanish, Greek, and other jewellery made for the peasants of various countries. The Celtic work is well represented in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. (J. H. P.) FILIPPINO. See LIPPI.

FILLAN, ST. The accounts given by various writers of this saint, in so far as they supply any details, are, as

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