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Parrying dagger with scabbard
  • Parrying dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1590 - c. 1610
  • Iron or steel, gold, wood, iron, silver and leather, etched and inlaid
  • Length: 19.2 cm
    Width: 2.4 cm
    Weight: 0.22 kg, dagger
    Weight: 0.03 kg, scabbard
  • A791
  • European Armoury II
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  • Parrying dagger and scabbard, the hilt composed of an oviform pommel with button; grooved, wire-bound grip; curved guard of flattened section widening at the ends; single side-ring, all the metal parts inlaid in gold with grotesque birds and animals, candelabra (?), and trophies on a matt ground, punched and plated with silver.

    The blade is of diamond section, the facets hollowed and etched with scrollwork.

    The scabbard is made of wood covered with black leather (broken at the point), with the metal locket decorated like the hilt, and including in gold an S fermée, a rebus signifying Fermesse, loyalty to one's word; iron loop at the back for suspension.

    Italian (?), about 1590-1610.

    Possibly illustrated in a dealer's photograph in the papers of W. H. Riggs in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, apparently priced at 200 fr. (S. Pyhrr, letter of November 1980).