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Dagger with scabbard, knife and pricker
  • Dagger with scabbard, knife and pricker
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1570 - c. 1580
  • Steel, wood, antler, silver and gold, damascened and inlaid
  • Length: 24.7 cm, blade
    Width: 1.8 cm
    Weight: 0.22 kg
  • Inscription: 'I I H I N I N'
    Maker's mark: Two dots
  • A758
  • European Armoury III
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  • Dagger and scabbard, made up of a large, spherical pommel of wood closely inlaid after the manner of arquebus stocks, with scrolls of dyed antler coloured white, green and brown; steel cap of hexagonal form inlaid in silver and gold; hexagonal grip of wood decorated like the pommel; short, flat guard with disks at the ends; small side-ring; blade of diamond section with central groove inscribed:

    I/H/N/N/

    on both faces; trebly-fluted ricasso; small, steel knife forged in one piece, with a maker's mark (?) of two dots; steel pricker of one piece with traces of gold and silver overlay at the top; scabbard of steel, semi-circular in section lined with wood and lightly overlaid with a female figure (? Fortune), a man's head and a putto flanked by scrolls in gold and silver. The scabbard is divided horizontally into sections by four semicircular rings terminating in a turned ferrule: there are two loops at the back for suspension.

    German, about 1570-80.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 252.

    The dagger A759, is of like form and workmanship. A similar dagger was excavated in London (Museum of London, no. A14993; Holmes, 1957, pl. 27A).