The Wallace Collection

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  • Dagger
  • 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
  • A814
  • European Armoury III
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  • 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.