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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • c. 1610 - c. 1620
  • Steel, chiselled and blackened
  • Length: 37.7 cm
    Length: 25.6 cm, blade
    Width: 2.2 cm
    Weight: 0.32 kg
  • A798
  • European Armoury II
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  • Parrying dagger, the hilt made up of a cylindrical pommel (with button), chiselled with a frieze of mounted warriors; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; short, straight guard of circular section swelling at the ends; single side-ring; the whole hilt has been decorated with figures in combat and conventional flowers roughly chiselled in low relief on a blackened ground.

    The blade is of flat diamond section with a central groove deeply cut and pierced; the ricasso triply grooved and pierced.

    About 1610-20; region of origin uncertain.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 371.

    A sword hilt with comparable decoration is in the Hermitage Museum, Leningrad (Z.O. No. 1623). For a note on the subsidiary incised decoration, see A808.