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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • c. 1600
  • Steel, gold and silver, russeted, encrusted, fire-gilt
  • Length: 27.1 cm
    Length: 16.9 cm, blade
    Width: 1.4 cm, blade at guard
    Weight: 0.134 kg
    Width: 7.8 cm, guard
  • A773
  • European Armoury II
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  • Small parrying dagger, composed of a spherical pommel with flattened button; ribbed, wire-bound grip; curved guard of flattened section widening at the ends, and single-side-ring, decorated with rosettes and lines of dots encrusted in silver on a russeted ground; blade of diamond section, sharply ridged, fluted and pieced, the ricasso flattened on one side.

    The steel ground of the hilt was originally entirely fire-gilt.

    About 1600; nationality uncertain.

    Provenance: ? A. Beurdeley (une dague poignée damasquinée argent lame repercée à jour, together with une mandoline, 900 fr.; receipted bill, 22 November, 1866); Comte de Nieuwerkerke (this description might also refer to A800).