- Parrying dagger
- Unknown Artist / Maker
- c. 1610 - c. 1620
- Steel and silver, blackened and encrusted
- Length: 28.9 cm
Width: 1.8 cm
Weight: 0.33 kg
- European Armoury II
Images & Media
- Parrying dagger, the hilt made up of an oviform pommel with button; fluted silver and steel wire-bound grip; curved guard of oval section, widening towards the ends (the right arm has been repaired at the base); single side-ring; the whole hilt is decorated with masks, scrolls and rosettes encrusted in silver on a blackened ground.
The sharply ridged blade is of diamond section at the point, with four pierced grooves, the ricasso recessed on the inner side for the thumb.
About 1610-20; nationality uncertain.
L' Art Ancien VIII, no. 958.
Provenance: Bought at the Mahou sale by Henry (marked catalogue at the Bibliothèque d'Art et d' Archéologie de l' Université, Paris; personal communication, S. Gaynor, 1985).