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Dagger with scabbard, knife and pricker
  • Dagger with scabbard, knife and pricker
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany or Switzerland
  • c. 1550
  • Steel and wood, blackened
  • Length: 29 cm, blade
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 0.45 kg
  • Stamp: Cross deeply stamped
    Maker's mark Stamped
  • A754
  • European Armoury I
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  • Dagger with scabbard, of the so-called ‘Landsknecht’ type, having a blackened hilt and composed of a flat oval pommel cap with button; hollow grip; three short, flat guards curving over the ricasso of the blade; blade of diamond section with a cross deeply stamped upon the ricasso; scabbard of circular section, of wood, covered for the most part by a deep locket and a long ferrule ending in an octagonal, moulded knob; it is divided at intervals by three sets of semi-circular bands and is lightly decorated with a punched pattern; two loops at the back for suspension; knife and pricker, each made in one piece, the knife stamped with a maker's mark, the handles of both roughly chased with circles and crescents.

    German or Swiss, about 1550.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 109.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    The dagger, the hilt of which is undecorated and of a different colour to the scabbard, may be 19th-century. The decoration of the scabbard is done with a burin using a rocking motion rather than with a punch. A very similar dagger and scabbard are in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (no. 26.145.48; Dean, Daggers, 1929, no. 113, pl. XXXIX).