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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1600 - c. 1610
  • Steel and silver, chased and encrusted
  • Length: 25 cm
    Width: 1.9 cm
    Weight: 0.26 kg
  • A785
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, made up of a flat pommel of fleur-de-lys form, with button; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; large, curved guard of flattened section, with the ends turned slightly outwards; single side-ring; the parts of the hilt on the exterior chased with panels of conventional fruits and flowers, the inner side plain; blade sharply ridged in the centre and having four pierced grooves, the ricasso flattened on the inner side for the thumb. The centre of the front of the pommel and the centre of the side-ring are each encrusted with a small face in silver.

    German ( ?), about 1600-10.

    Norman & Barne, 1980, pp. 260 and 373. De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 84 and pl. 3.

    Provenance; Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    A very similar dagger was in the Consul Hans Leiden collection, sold Lempert, Cologne, 19-21 June 1934, lot 557, repr. in cat., while another is in the Musée de l' Armée, Paris (no. J.05199). The decoration of A785 is very similar to that of A808.