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Dagger with scabbard
  • Dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1550
  • Steel, iron and copper alloy, blackened and embossed
  • Length: 25 cm, blade
    Width: 2.4 cm
    Weight: 0.285 kg
  • Maker's mark: 'R' inlaid in copper alloy
  • A752
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Dagger with scabbard, of the so-called ‘Landsknecht’ type, the blackened hilt made up of a convex, rosette-shaped pommel fitting over the grip like a cap; grip of conical form tapering towards the guard, bound with iron wire and divided into vertical sections by four twisted strands; the three trefoil-shaped arms of the guard curve over the blade and are decorated with scale ornament and applied masks; the blade of flattened hexagonal section with doubly fluted ricasso, the latter bears the maker's mark (the letter R) inlaid in brass: the dagger A812 appears to carry the same mark.

    Scabbard of semi-circular section, of blackened steel embossed with nude female figures in high relief surrounded by scrolls, the two panels being divided by 'puffed and slashed' bands of strong iron wire, with six similar bands at the bottom ending in a turned finial; at the back two loops for suspension; there is also a pocket for the byknife (now missing).

    German, about 1550.

    Skelton II, pl. cxi, figs. 1 and 2.

    Provenance: Sir S. R. Meyrick.

    A similar dagger was in the von Berthold collection (sold Heberle, Cologne, 25-26 May 1898, lot 406, repr. in cat.).