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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy, Germany or Netherlands
  • c. 1610
  • Steel, blued
  • Length: 40.2 cm
    Length: 27.6 cm, blade
    Width: 20 cm, at guard
    Weight: 0.28 kg
    Width: 12.1 cm, guard
  • A802
  • European Armoury III
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  • Parrying dagger, the hilt made up of an olive-shaped pommel with flat button; wire-bound grip, square in section; guard curved alternately upwards and downwards, of hexagonal section terminating in oviform knobs; square-shaped escutcheon, or block, with side-ring, moulded in the centre with an olive-shaped knob, all the guards are of plain blued steel.

    Blade of diamond section strongly ridged, fluted, with two lines of piercings on either side of the central ridge, the edges slightly wavy; the ricasso is flattened on the reverse side for the thumb. The blade appears to be too narrow for this hilt.

    About 1610; hilt probably German or Dutch.