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Parrying dagger with scabbard
  • Parrying dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy or Germany
  • c. 1590 - c. 1600
  • Steel, wood and leather, chiselled
  • Length: 25 cm, blade
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 0.32 kg, dagger
    Weight: 0.035 kg, scabbard
  • Maker's mark: 'M / A'
  • A793
  • European Armoury II
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  • Parrying dagger and scabbard, the hilt of the dagger made up of a hollow, flattened, cylindrical pommel, with button, pierced and chiselled with strapwork loops enclosing small equestrian figures; diagonally fluted, wire-bound grip; curved guard pierced and chased with recumbent figures and terminating in pierced disks containing busts; single side-ring, pierced and decorated like the guard.

    The blade is of diamond section, the ricasso stamped on each side with a maker's mark, the letters:

    M.
    A

    Scabbard of wood bound with black tooled leather, the locket of chiselled steel decorated with a strapwork panel enclosing a standing male figure; steel loop for suspension at the back. The ferrule of steel, chiselled on one side with foliage. The associated chape is decorated in a completely different style to the locket and hilt.

    Possibly German, about 1590-1600.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 95 and pl. 2; Lièvre, Musée Graphique.

    Exhibited: Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 1918.

    L' art ancien, I, 26; Lièvre, Musées et collections, 2 Sér., pl. 4; Collections célèbres, pl. 13; Musée graphique, pl. 2. Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    A gilt pommel of similar form and identical decoration is on the dagger worn by Sir Walter Raleigh in the portrait of him with his son, painted in 1602 (National Portrait Gallery, London, no. 3914).