The Wallace Collection

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Dagger
  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1600 and c. 1640
    c. 1640 (hilt)
    probably c. 1600 (blade)
  • Steel, copper, iron and gold, false-damascened
  • Length: 24.9 cm
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 0.265 kg
  • A819
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Dagger, a modern composite, the hilt, from a light dress sword, is composed of pommel and guard with grotesques very similar in design to those of A814. The grip however is in this case shorter and of oval section bound with copper-iron wire, and not spirally fluted.

    The blade is of flattened diamond section, the single groove wholly pierced except at the centre, the strong ricasso triply grooved and widening towards the hilt.

    The pommel and quillons are almost identical to those of A814, although overlaid in gold wire in addition. The hilts of these two pieces are so nearly identical in design that they must be co-eval.

    Hilt Italian ( ?), about 1640; blade probably about 1600.

    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 and Delange, Paris, 29-30 April 1870, repr. in cat. Probably all these hilts were originally for light dress swords.