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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1590
  • Steel and gold, overlaid
  • Length: 37.4 cm, blade
    Width: 2.8 cm, blade, at guard
    Weight: 0.58 kg
    Length: 52.1 cm
    Width: 15 cm, guard
  • Decoration: V
  • A792
  • European Armoury II
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  • Parrying dagger, of an unsually large size, the hilt made up of a twelve-fluted, pear-shaped pommel (associated), with button; wire-bound grip; curved guard of hexagonal section, scrolled at the ends; single side-ring; the metal parts of the hilt overlaid in gold with delicate arabesques enclosing trophies suspended on ribbons; at the end of the hilt is the letter V.

    The long, ridged blade is of diamond section with four sharp grooves.

    Italian (?), about 1590.

    L' Art Ancien I, no. 26; De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 102

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.