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Dagger with scabbard
  • Dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • 19th century
  • Steel, wood, bronze, gold and velvet, gilded, incised, pierced and chased
  • Length: 24 cm, blade
    Width: 3.9 cm
    Weight: 0.28 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A769
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Dagger with scabbard, of the so-called ‘Holbein’ type. The hilt is of dark wood, ridged and swelling in the centre, surmounted by a gilt bronze mount at the top, and with a short guard of boat form also of gilt bronze, incised with scrolls and conventional flowers; blade of diamond section with maker's mark on one side.

    Scabbard of wood, covered on the front with gilt bronze, pierced and chased in relief with Appius Claudius III on the Judgement Seat (The same composition, with slight variations, appears upon the scabbard of A768). The ferrule has two female heads on either side and there are two flat loops at the back for suspension; the wood at the back is covered with green velvet, and there are pockets in the front for a knife and pricker (both now missing).

    The design and workmanship of this dagger and scabbard resemble A770, and are probably from the same hand; the dagger also bears the same bladesmith's mark. See also the daggers and scabbards A768 and A771.

    Schneider, 1977, no. A57; entirely 19th-century.

    L' Art Ancien V, no. 586 as belonging to Spitzer and exhibited by him at the Musée Rétrospectif, but it has not been identified among his loans.

    A genuine scabbard of this pattern is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, no. 2188-1855 (loc., cit., no. 58), and is dated 1590.