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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1610
  • Steel and gold, chiselled and gilt
  • Length: 43.18 cm
    Length: 29.5 cm, blade
    Width: 2.38 cm
    Weight: 0.45 kg
  • Inscription: '.DREIS. / .KИEIИ.'
    Maker's mark: Comprising of DK Stamped
  • A781
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, composed of a flattened, cylindrical pommel with spherical button; diagonally fluted, wire-bound grip; large, curved guard with slight outward bend, the ends shaped and chiselled as dog's heads; single side-ring enclosing an oval plate chiselled in relief and pierced to the shape of vine leaves. The pommel and guards are ornamented with running vines, containing on the pommel a squirrel and a bird chiselled in low relief on gilt ground; blade of diamond section, with slightly hollowed facets; along the edges of the ricasso is inscribed:

    . DREIS .
    . KИEIИ .

    and stamped on one side with a mark comprising the letters D K in the form of a merchant's mark.

    German, about 1610.

    Provenance : Sir S. Meyrick (Skelton, 1830, II, pl. CX, no. 11.