- Unknown Artist / Maker
- c. 1500 (blade (Italian))
19th century (pommel and guards)
- Steel, bronze, gold, copper and wood, fire-gilded and etched
- Length: 32.4 cm, blade
Width: 7.1 cm
Weight: 0.6 kg
- European Armoury I
Images & Media
- Cinquedea, composed of a circular pommel, similar in form to that on A738, of gilt bronze with roped edge, sunk centre with a profile bust on either in relief; curved guard of gilt bronze, formed like acanthus leaves; grip of wood, spirally fluted, with remains of binding with copper wire woven to a basket pattern; flat blade with three, two and one hollow panels from base to point; the surface was at one time decorated with etached and fire-gilt figures and scrolls like A738-9, but little of this now remains.
Pommel and guards 19th century; blade possibly Italian, about 1500.
Provenance: A Beurdeley? (Une dague Vénetienne niellée, 1,500 fr. (with other pieces); Receipted Bill, 21st February, 1867); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.
Pommel and guards 19th-century; blade possibly Italian, about 1500.
A similar hilt is on a dagger with a 'cinquedea'-like blade in the Hohensalzburg; this or another very like it was in the von Berthold collection (sold Heberle, Cologne, 25-26 May 1898, lot 407, repr. in cat.). Another is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (no. 26.145.59; Dean, Daggers, 1929, no. 86, pl. XXXII).