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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • c. 1580 - c. 1620
  • Steel, chiselled and incised
  • Length: 28.3 cm, blade
    Width: 2.5 cm, blade at guard
    Weight: 0.42 kg
    Length: 41.9 cm
    Width: 13.9 cm, guard
  • A795
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, the hilt made up of a flattened, cylindrical pommel, with button; fluted, wire-bound grip; curved guard of flattened oval section widening at the ends; single side-ring; the metal parts of the hilt chiselled in low relief with panels of horsemen in combat, the intervening surfaces incised with scrolled foliage on a matt ground.

    The blade has a sharp and pronounced central ridge and a strong diamond section at the pinched point, with six pierced grooves, the ricasso indented on the inner side for placement of the user’s thumb.

    About 1580-1620; nationality uncertain.