- Unknown Artist / Maker
- Italy, possibly
- c. 1600 - c.1640 (blade)
c. 1640 (hilt)
- Steel and leather, chiselled
- Length: 28.4 cm
Width: 2.1 cm
Weight: 0.3 kg
- European Armoury III
Images & Media
- Dagger, a modern composite, the hilt, from a light dress sword, made up of a hollow, round pommel (with button) of steel, chiselled with foliage and the head of a grotesque animal on either side; diagonally fluted, wire-bound grip; short guard chiselled as winged dragons, pierced, their heads turned outwards.
Blade of flattened diamond section with central pierced groove; the ricasso trebly grooved and pierced; a leather washer, for easing contact with the scabbard, remains. Compare A819, which is of a very similar design.
Hilt Italian (?), about 1640; blade probably about 1600.
Provenance: A. Beudereley (?) (Une dague en fer avec figures et monstres fantastiques, 1,500 fr.; receipted bill, 14 January, 1867); Comte de Nieuwerkerke (?)
The hilts of A814 and A819 are so nearly identical in design that they must be co-eval.
A very similar hilt is in the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh (no. 1878. 52.7), another was in the Consul H. Leiden sale, Lempert, Cologne, 19- 21 June 1934, lot 600, repr. in cat. A similar hilt on a light sword blade was lot 54 in the Fayet sale, Pillet & Delange, Paris, 29- 30 April 1870, repr. in cat. Probably all these hilts were originally for light dress swords.