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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1550 - c. 1899
    probably 19th century (guard)
    late 16th century (blade)
    c. 1550 - c. 1560 (pommel)
  • Iron or steel, silver, leather and gold, chiselled, engraved and gilded
  • Length: 24.8 cm
    Width: 2.9 cm
    Weight: 0.41 kg
  • A789
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, comprised of a pear-shaped pommel with button; oval, leather and wire-bound grip; straight guard slightly curved outwards, broadening at the ends; single side-ring; the hilt parts decorated with seated and reclining figures and trophies of arms, of silver chiselled in relief on a granulated and gilt ground; blade of flattened diamond section, trebly grooved, the ricasso engraved with conventional leaves.

    Skelton II, pl. CX, fig. 13.

    Pommel Italian (?), about 1550-60; guard probably 19th century; blade late 16th century.