The Wallace Collection

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Dagger with scabbard, knife and pricker
  • Dagger with scabbard, knife and pricker
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1530 - c. 1550 and 19th-century (sheath (German))
    19th century (dagger)
  • Steel, wood and velvet
  • Length: 36.2 cm
    Length: 25.6 cm, blade
    Width: 1.9 cm
    Weight: 0.345 kg, dagger
    Weight: 0.46 kg, scabbard and contents
  • A755
  • European Armoury III
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  • Dagger with scabbard, of the so-called ‘Landsknecht’ type, composed of a flat, circular pommel cap cut into fan-shaped segments, with spherical button; spiral, tapering grip of steel; guard set on the forward side only, consisting of a shell between lugs; blade of diamond section with square ricasso; scabbard covered with green velvet, mostly concealed by a deep locket and ferrule of steel extending far up its length; the metal mounts decorated with roped bands, and with flowing patterns done with a burin using a rocking motion rather than with a punch; two loops at the back for suspension; knife and pricker of plain steel, each of one piece, fitted inside the scabbard.

    The dagger appears to be entirely 19th-century. It is too small for the scabbard, and the metal of the hilt is of different colour and the edges are less worn.

    A very similar scabbard, formerly in the Meyrick collection, was at one time in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (no. 14.25.1299; Dean, Daggers, 1929, no. 114, pl. XL). It was sold at Christie's, 22-3 November 1960, lot 62, repr. in cat.