The Wallace Collection

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  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1530
  • Steel and horn
  • Length: 31.6 cm, blade
    Width: 1.6 cm
    Weight: 0.215 kg
  • A811
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Dagger, made up of a trilobate pommel, like the head of a demi-fleur-de-lys; hexagonal horn grip with shoulder; small, steel guard slightly curved and ending in prominent, spirally fluted knobs; blade of diamond section for most of its length and back-edged near the hilt.

    Probably German, about 1530.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 89.

    Provenance: E. Juste? (Dague à quillons recourbés se terminant en boules, 150 fr.; receipted bill, 14 January, 1867); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    A similar dagger is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (no. 26.145.70; Dean, Daggers, 1929, no. 99, pl. XXXVII, but captioned as no. 98). Another with a very similar hilt, found in the River Limmat at Zurich, is in the Schweizerisches Landesmuseum (1980 cat., no. 462).