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Dagger with scabbard, knife and pricker
  • Dagger with scabbard, knife and pricker
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • 19th century
  • Wood, bronze, gold, copper and leather, pierced and chased
  • Length: 27 cm
    Width: 4.2 cm
    Weight: 0.3 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A771
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Dagger with scabbard, of the so-called ‘Holbein’ type. The hilt is of a form similar to those of A769-70 and 809, but the wood is of brighter colour and the gilt bronze mounts are not engraved; blade, diamond-shaped in section, with single groove and two more grooves near the hilt. The hilt, if not the whole dagger, appears to be a restoration.

    Scabbard of wood, covered on the outer side with gilt copper, pierced and chased in relief representing the Dance of Death; ferrule decorated with a lion's mask between scrolls in relief; plain red-leather back with two loops for suspension, the upper one of them is dated 1573. The scabbard contains a knife and pricker (or steel) with wooden grips, gilt-bronze tops with female heads in low relief; the knife bears a mark on one side.

    Schneider, 1977, no. 126; entirely 19th century.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 103.

    Exhibited : Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 1936. L' art ancien, I, 26.

    Provenance: A Beurdeley (Un poignard dont le furreau est ciselé à jour représentant le danse Macabre. Epoque Charles IX; 650 fr,; receipted bill, 30 May, 1865); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    A genuine scabbard of this pattern in a Swiss private collection is dated 1570 (loc. cit., no. 119).