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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • c. 1580
  • Steel, gold and copper, fire-gilded
  • Length: 26.3 cm
    Width: 0.8 cm
    Weight: 0.27 kg
  • Stamp: Cross
  • A794
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, the hilt being composed of a ten-fluted, oviform pommel; copper wire-bound grip; small curved guard of octagonal section ending in hexagonal, fluted knobs en suite with the pommel; single side-ring attached to a rectangular block, with fluted knob in the centre; the hilt is fully gilt.

    The narrow blade is of equilateral diamond section with ricasso, almost square in section, deeply stamped on one side with a cross which resembles that upon the rapier, no. 566.

    About 1580; origin uncertain.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 91.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke; William Meyrick (Illustrated catalogue, 1861, pl. 67 right).