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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy, possibly
  • c. 1605
  • Iron or steel, silver and leather, blackened and encrusted
  • Length: 28.2 cm, blade
    Width: 1.9 cm, blade at guard
    Weight: 0.34 kg
    Length: 41.1 cm
    Width: 11.9 cm, guard
  • A800
  • European Armoury III
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  • Parrying dagger, the hilt made up of a fluted oviform pommel (associated) with button; silver, doubly wire-bound grip; curved guard, round in section, terminating in oviform knobs; single side-ring. The metal parts of the hilt are decorated with wavy lines, dots and interlaced bands of silver on a black ground; sharply ridged blade with four pierced grooves, the edges serrated (the teeth pointing back to the hilt), and spear-shaped point; a leather washer, to ease the contact of the hilt with the locket of the scabbard, remains.

    Italian (?), about 1605

    The serrated edges were probably intended to prevent an adversary from grasping the weapon. The ricasso has been flattened for the thumb on the outer instead of the inner side, an indication that the blade has been remounted and the hilt reversed.

    The encrusting of the pommel and guard, although of the same general type, differ in arrangement and the two parts must therefore be associated. The pattern on the guard is the same as that on A563 and A788.

    For possible sale history see A773.