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Parrying dagger with scabbard
  • Parrying dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • possibly 2nd quarter of 17th century
  • Steel, wood and leather, blued
  • Length: 45 cm
    Length: 30.1 cm, blade
    Width: 2.5 cm
    Weight: 0.525 kg, dagger
    Length: 0.065 cm, scabbard
  • Stamp: Cross
  • A807
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger and scabbard, the hilt of the dagger made up of a faceted, conical pommel, flattened at the top, with button; wire-bound grip of hexagonal section; double curving 'crab-claw' guard (one pair inside the other), the larger with slight outward bend, of hexagonal section and curled ends; side-ring with fluted shell behind it. The whole hilt is of plain blued steel.

    The stout blade is of diamond section with hollowed facets, the ricasso flattened on one side for the thumb and stamped with the mark of a cross. The shell, which is shaped like a cockle-shell and curved towards the pommel, is fitted between the grip and the guard and is secured only by the tightness of the parts.

    Scabbard of wood covered with plain black leather and mounted with a locket with diagonal loop, and chape.

    Italian, possibly second quarter of the 17th century.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 136.

    Provenance: ? Louis Carrand (Une petite dague italienne dite main gauche, munie de son fourreau, la garde et les garnitures mises en couleur d' eau du temps, 3,300 fr. with une Paix gothique (no. III-295), receipted bill, 17 April, 1868); ? Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    Compare the mark on the knife, A902. For comparable weapons see Boccia and Coelho (1975, figs. 579-81) which they date about 1620-30. Compare also the hilts of swords A599 and A605, and dagger A841.