The Wallace Collection

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Dagger with scabbard
  • Dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • 19th century
  • Steel, silver and gold, false-damascened, blued and etched
  • Length: 38.7 cm
    Length: 26.7 cm, blade
    Width: 2.4 cm
    Weight: 0.38 kg, dagger
    Weight: 0.18 kg, scabbard
  • A763
  • Reserve Vault 3
Commentary
Images & Media
  • Dagger with scabbard, the hilt made of one piece of blued steel, of oval section swelling to a semi-spherical knob at the pommel; curving guard ending in curls; single side-ring. The whole decorated with a reticulated pattern in gold, the lozenge-shaped intervals filled with silver arabesques.

    Blade of diamond section, the edges waved, the surface completely etched with arabesques; no ricasso.

    Scabbard made entirely of blued steel with shaped ferrule, the surface decorated with panels of arabesques in gold and silver; two rings for suspension.

    This object, although in the style of the 16th century, is apparently of 19th-century workmanship.

    Reproduced in L' Art Ancien, IV, no. 567, Musée Rétrospectif 1865. Sir Guy Laking suggested that A763 might be the work of Eusebio Zuloaga who was responsible for a modern sword and dagger in the Real Armeria at Madrid (M 4, O 64; Laking V, fig. 1551); a steel dish in this Collection (no. III J538) has also been attributed to him.

    This dagger was formerly catalogued as coming from the Collections of E. Juste and the Comte de Nieuwerkerke, but no evidence to support this statement can be traced.