The Wallace Collection

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Dagger
  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1540 - c. 1545 (hilt)
    c. 1580- c.1600 (blade)
  • Steel, chased and chiselled
  • Length: 27.3 cm
    Width: 2.1 cm
    Weight: 0.36 kg
  • A815
  • European Armoury III
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  • Parrying dagger, the hilt comprised of a conical pommel of ridged, hexagonal section, with fleur-de-lys chased in low relief; oval, wire-bound grip; short, curved guard, the arms issuing from a square block, the ends widening and scrolled, the surface chiselled as foliage.

    The blade of diamond section sharply ridged, deep central groove pierced, the ricasso doubly grooved and flattened on the inner side for placement of the thumb.

    Hilt Italian, about 1540-45; blade probably later.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 93.

    Provenance: A. Beurdeley (?) (Une dague en fer poignée ciselée, 3,000 fr. (with other pieces); receipted bill, 24 June, 1865); Comte de Nieuwerkerke. This may, however, refer to A865 or others.