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Dagger with scabbard
  • Dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1550 - c. 1560
  • Steel, gold, silver, leather and copper, ovelaid, blackened and inlaid
  • Length: 29 cm, blade
    Width: 2.4 cm
    Weight: 0.26 kg
  • Maker's mark inlaid in copper
  • A753
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Dagger with scabbard, the hilt, decorated with arabesques in gold and silver overlay, comprised of a circular flat top or cap with leaf-shaped edges bent over the grip; hollow grip, widening towards the pommel-cap; short, straight guard, round in section with turned ends (one a restoration) springing from a semi-cylindrical socket which fits over the sheath and kept the knife and pricker (both now missing) in position; single-edged blade of triangular section reinforced to a diamond section at the point; a maker's mark on one side inlaid in copper.

    Metal scabbard of semi-circular section, lined with leather and divided at intervals by four pairs of bands; it is decorated like the hilt and has two loops at the back for suspension; turned ferrule at the end.The overlaid decoration includes gold of two different colours. The forward arm of the guard is a reconstruction.

    German, about 1550-60.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 108.

    Provenance: Joyeau ? (Une dague italiane, poignée et fourreau en fer damasquiné or et argent, XVème siècle 1,400 fr.– with other pieces, receipted bill, 3 December 1868); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.