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Parrying dagger with scabbard
  • Parrying dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1600
    3rd quarter 16th century (pommel)
  • Iron or steel, silver, wood and velvet, encrusted and blackened
  • Length: 25.9 cm, blade
    Width: 1.9 cm, blade at guard
    Weight: 0.28 kg, dagger
    Weight: 0.06 kg, scabbard
    Length: 38.2 cm
    Width: 12.3 cm, guard
  • A805
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, the hilt made up of a spherical pommel surmounted by a small cap with button; diagonally fluted, wire-bound grip; straight, spatulate guard of flat section widening towards the ends; single side-ring. The hilt mounts are decorated with conventional flowers and foliage etched upon a plain gilt ground.

    The blade is square in section, sharply ridged, grooved and pierced, the ricasso flattened on one side for placement of the thumb.
    Italian, about 1610.

    Scabbard of wood covered in green velvet and mounted with a locket and chape of steel with silver decoration matching the hilt. A suspension loop has been fitted to the rear surface of the locket.

    The style of encrusting suggests a date of about 1600 or later, but the pommel is of a type fashionable in the third quarter of the 16th century. Compare the decoration of A554-7 and A796.