- 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
- European Armoury II
Images & Media
- 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.