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Parrying dagger with scabbard
  • Parrying dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Europe
  • c. 1610 - c. 1620
  • Steel and velvet, blued, chiselled and incised
  • Length: 49.5 cm
    Length: 28.4 cm, blade
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 0.375 kg, dagger
    Weight: 0.14 kg, scabbard
  • A783
  • European Armoury III
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  • Parrying dagger with scabbard, made up of a flattened oviform pommel bisected horizontally by a deep groove; spherical button; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; guard of flat section, curved alternately upwards and downwards, widening at the ends; single side-ring; the mounts all of blued steel incised with chevrons and dots; blade of diamond section sharply ridged, grooved and pierced, the ricasso flattened on one side for the thumb; scabbard, covered with black velvet, the locket (with loop and pocket for a knife) and ferrule of blued steel with vertical flutings.

    The top and bottom of the pommel, the guard terminals, and the centre of the side-ring are chiseled and incised with very stylised leaves.

    North European, about 1610-20.

    Provenance: (?) E. Juste aîne (Une do. [dague noire] lame fine striée et repercée à jour, 200 fr.; receipted bill, 21 October, 1868); (?) Comte de Nieuwerkerke.