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Dagger with scabbard
  • Dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany or Switzerland
  • 1595
  • Steel, bronze, gold, leather, cord, wood and velvet, engraved
  • Length: 26 cm
    Width: 2.5 cm
    Weight: 0.33 kg
  • Maker's mark
    Inscription: '15 · 95' Engraved
  • A757
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Dagger with scabbard, of the so-called ‘Landsknecht’ type, composed of an octagonal, pear-shaped pommel of iron with gilt-bronze cap and button; swelling, leather-bound cord grip with leaf-shaped mounts of gilt bronze at either end; flat ribbon guard curving inwards and widening towards the ends; single side-ring; blade of diamond section with ricasso, the latter bearing the maker's mark; scabbard of wood covered with red velvet and mounted with a deep locket and chape of gilt bronze engraved with the figure of Fortune, a man's head crowned, and bird's fruit and flowers; two loops at the back for suspension, one of these is engraved with the date:

    15 ∙ 95

    There is a pocket at the side for a knife or pricker, but this is now missing.
    German or Swiss, dated 1595. De Beaumont catalogue, no. 99 (the date on the scabbard is given as 1520).

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    L' art ancien, I, 26, and therefore exhibited at the Musée Rétrospectif, 1865(?); Norman & Barne, 1980, p. 252.

    The construction of the locket of the scabbard is reminiscent of that of so-called ‘Holbein’ daggers. A comparable dagger appears in the portrait of Heinrich Luterburg dated 1596, in the Town Archives of Basel ( W. R. Staehelin, Basler Portraits aller Jahrhunderte, I, 1919, no pagination).