The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • probably c. 1520 and 19th century (blade (Italian))
    possibly 19th century (hilt)
  • Iron or steel, gold and ivory, carved, etched and gilt
  • Length: 25.8 cm
    Width: 2.8 cm
    Weight: 0.21 kg
  • A730
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Dagger, having a flat pommel-disk of ivory carved with a rosette surrounded by a chain, in low relief; ivory grip of circular section, with vertical grooves, tapering towards the blade; there is no guard.

    Blade of triangular section, flat on one side, with two hollow grooves on the other, etched near the hilt with scrolls and gilt; small ricasso. The hilt may not belong to the blade and may be of later date.

    Blade probably Italian, about 1520; remainder associated, possibly 19th century.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 78 and no. 106, pl. 1.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    Gazette des Beaux-Arts, lère, xxiv, 1868, p. 422, no. 10, where the ivory is described as coloured, and pI. facing p. 4.