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Rondel dagger
  • Rondel dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 1st half of 16th century
  • Steel, engraved
  • Length: 24.8 cm, blade
    Width: 1.3 cm
    Weight: 0.25 kg
  • Maker's mark 6.3cm from hilt
  • A728
  • European Armoury I
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  • Rondel dagger, very similar to A729, the differences being found in the decoration. The top of the disk-pommel is in this case deeply hatched with lines criss-crossing each other diagonally, and the grip is engraved with a lozengy pattern. The blade is a little shorter, though originally it may have had the same length; it lacks its scabbard. A maker's mark is found 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm) from the hilt; the same mark appears upon A729.

    German, first half of 16th century.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 101.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    Peterson, daggers and fighting knives, 1968, pI. 16 (A729). Four daggers bearing like marks are in the Musée de l' Armée (Robert, no. J. 764, pl. 10, fig. S 126).

    The same mark is found on a dagger of this type in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (Dean, Catalogue of Daggers, pl. IX, no. 32, ex-Reubell); on dagger no. J 767 in the Musée de l' Armée; and on an estoc formerly in the Zeughaus at Berlin.

    Some twenty of these daggers are known, four of them still in the Electoral Armoury at Dresden (1899 cat., no. A87-90) which may be the source whence many of them came.