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Dagger
  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1615 - c.1660 (blade)
    c. 1660 (hilt)
  • Iron or steel and gold, chased, blackened and gilt
  • Length: 23.8 cm
    Width: 1.7 cm
    Weight: 0.2 kg
  • A818
  • European Armoury III
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  • Dagger, a moderm composite, the hilt, belonging to a child’s dress sword, is composed of a round pommel, eight-sided; diagonally fluted, wire-bound grip; short guard of oblong section, slightly forward-curving, the ends thickened. The arms of the guard issue from a guard-block of flattened octagonal section; pommel and guard are delicately chased with floral patterns in low relief, black on a matt gilt ground, the knobs of the pommel and guard are tipped with rosettes.

    The sharply ridged blade is doubly grooved and pierced on either side of the central ridge.

    The blade probably Italian or German, c. 1615, the hilt probably French, c. 1660.

    A comparable hilt is worn by the young Henri-Jules de Bourbon, duc d'Enghien, in the portrait of him and his father painted, probably early in 1662, by Claude Lefebvre, now at Versailles (inv. no. MV8449).