The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Cinquedea
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 19th century
  • Steel
  • Length: 32.4 cm, blade
    Width: 8.3 cm
    Weight: 0.63 kg
  • Maker's mark: bladesmith's mark
  • A751
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Dagger of cinquedea type, having a steel hilt formed of two addorsed eagles in the round, springing from Corinthian capitals; in the centre of the grip on either side are medallions with defaced heads in relief; slightly curved guard of oblong section, roughly chased with leaves and a granulated ornament. Flat, broad, triangular blade tapering to a point; there are traces of a bladesmith's mark, possibly a head, near the guard. The blade has been much scoured.

    Probably entirely 19th-century, except for the two pommels which may be

    French, 16th-century.

    J. F. Hayward, in a review of the 1962 Catalogue in the Times Literary Supplement, 26 July 1963, suggested that the eagle-headed pommels might have come from two knife-handles. A knife of the type to which he referred was in the Spitzer Sale, Petit, Paris 17 April-16 June 1893, lot 2419, repr. in cat.