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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1610 - c. 1620
  • Steel, gold and silver, gilded, formerly blackened and etched
  • Length: 37.5 cm
    Length: 25.7 cm, blade
    Width: 1.6 cm
    Weight: 0.225 kg
  • Stamp: 'R'
  • A777
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, composed of an openwork pommel, formed of two addorsed C-shaped scrolls, small spherical button; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; straight guard of flattened hexagonal section, widening towards the ends; side-ring of closed C-shape; all of plain steel formerly blackened; blade of flattened diamond section with square ricasso decorated with etched masks and arabesques on a gilt ground, the letter R deeply impressed on one side. The metal of the whole hilt has been hatched and bears traces of silver plating.

    Compare the dagger A778.

    German ( ?), about 1610-20.