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Parrying dagger
  • 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
  • A796
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • 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).