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Dagger
  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • c. 1600 - c. 1610
  • Iron or steel and silver, chiselled and encrusted
  • Length: 29.6 cm
    Length: 20 cm, blade
    Width: 1.6 cm
    Weight: 0.155 kg
  • A799
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Dagger, the hilt composed of a small pommel of rounded, quadrilateral section chiselled with classical heads in low relief and encrusted with silver foliage; wire-bound grip; short, curved guard of flat section widening at the end; single side-ring; all decorated with profile heads and silver foliage like the pommel, on a matt ground.

    The blade of diamond section has a ricasso of flat octagonal section.

    The grip, although old, is too large for this hilt. The silver encrusted heads on the ends of the guard are probably replacements.

    About 1600-10; nationality unknown.

    L' Art Ancien, V, 591; Lièvre, Collections célèbres 1866, pl. 31, Musées et Collections, 3rd Series.

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer.