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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1599 - 1600
  • Steel, gold, and mother-of-pearl, russeted, false-damascened, inlaid and chiselled
  • Length: 24 cm, blade
    Weight: 0.27 kg
  • A790
  • Smoking Room
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  • Richly damascened in gold and set with a series of mother-of-pearl inlays (many are later replacements), this superb dagger, together with its matching swept-hilt rapier, were presented to Henri IV by the City of Paris in 1600 on the occasion of his marriage to Marie de Médicis; the blade of the dagger bears an inscription to this effect, and their linked initials appear on the hilt. The sword, which Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have carried with him on campaign as a talisman, is now in the Musée de l’Armée, Paris.