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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • c. 1610 - c. 1620
  • Steel, silver and gold, formerly blued, etched and gilt
  • Length: 36 cm
    Length: 23.8 cm, blade
    Width: 1.9 cm
    Weight: 0.23 kg
  • Stamp: 'P'
  • A778
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, comprised of a spherical pommel with elongated, turned button; vertically fluted grip bound with silver wire; guard alternately curved upwards and downwards, of circular section, ending in turned vase shaped knobs; small, rounded shell-guard; all of plain steel formerly blued. Blade of diamond section (cracked through defective forging) with square ricasso decorated with birds and scrollwork on a gilt, etched and granulated ground. The letter P is deeply stamped on one side. Compare the dagger A777.

    About 1610-20; nationality uncertain.

    De Beaumont catalogue, no. 86.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.