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Dagger
  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • probably 19th century
  • Iron or steel, bronze, gold, turtle-shell, wood and copper, inlaid, damascened and blued
  • Length: 20.5 cm, blade
    Width: 3.2 cm
    Weight: 0.23 kg
  • A731
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Dagger, the flat disk-pommel of gilt bronze, inlaid with a band of turtleshell, the centre sunk; octagonal-section wooden grip tapering towards the blade and spirally bound with copper wire; gilt-bronze guard formed as two snakes with open jaws and coiled over; blade of triangular section, flat on the inner side, blued and damascened in gold, with two quatrefoil panels, each containing a head, amid fine arabesques.

    Probably entirely 19th century.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 82 and pl. 5.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    The arabesques are in the same style, and possibly from the same hand, as those upon the cinquedea A739.

    Compare, too, dagger A810, and another with snakes forming the guard at Windsor Castle (Laking, no. 24).