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Dagger with scabbard
  • Dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1550
  • Steel, wood and velvet, incised
  • Length: 47 cm
    Length: 32.7 cm, blade
    Width: 2.7 cm
    Weight: 0.4 kg, dagger
    Weight: 0.395 kg, scabbard
  • A761
  • European Armoury III
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  • Dagger with scabbard, of the so-called ‘Landsknecht’ type, made up of a hollow, oviform pommel formed of diagonal openwork bands, each fluted and incised with dots; spherical button; square grip of steel mounted with vertical strips of roping at the angles, and ornamented with studs and rosettes between; small upward-curving guard formed of four lobated shells with roped edges, the two side shells are pierced like the pommel, the central one is embossed with a rosette; blade of flattened diamond section, the ricasso notched; scabbard, heavily mounted with over red velvet, pierced and decorated with puffed bands, and ornamented with numerous rosettes and studs and rouleaux of scales resembling caterpillars, the hollow, openwork ferrule is formed like the pommel. At the back, which is plain, are steel loops for suspension.

    German about 1550.

    Provenance: de Rosière sale (Juste), Paris, 19-21 March, 1860, lot 128.

    The authenticity of this weapon was questioned by Sir Guy Laking, probably on account of the course and florid decoration and the laden colour of the metal.

    Provenance: according to the marked catalogue in the Étude Baudoin at the Service de Documentations Commissaires-priseurs-parisiens, lot 128 was bought by Lowengard for 190 fr. (S. Gaynor, personal communication, 1984).
    There appears to be no reason whatever to doubt the authenticity of this piece.