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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany or Italy
  • c. 1610
  • Iron or steel, copper and silver, blued and encrusted.
  • Length: 43.1 cm
    Length: 30.1 cm, blade
    Width: 2.38 cm
    Weight: 0.455 kg
  • A788
  • European Armoury II
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  • Parrying dagger, composed of a fluted, cylindrical pommel; copper wire-bound grip; curving guard of circular section swelling at the ends; single side-ring, the whole encrusted with silver piqué ornament on a blued ground; blade of diamond section, sharply ridged, with five grooves, the central groove deeply cut and pierced, the ricasso flattened on the reverse side for placement of the thumb.

    German or Italian, about 1610

    The encrusting of the pommel and guard, although of the same general type, differ in arrangement and the two parts must therefore be associated. The pattern of decoration on the guard is the same as that on nos. A563 and 800.