- Unknown Artist / Maker
- Pommel- possibly France; guard- North Europe
- c. 1600 and c. 1650
c. 1650 (guard)
c. 1650 (pommel)
c. 1600 (blade)
- Steel, chiselled and blackened
- Length: 40.6 cm
Length: 26.6 cm, blade
Width: 2.4 cm
Weight: 0.41 kg
- European Armoury III
Images & Media
- Dagger, a modern composition, the hilt, from a light dress sword, is made up of a flattened, spherical pommel of steel, chiselled with intricate combats and grotesques in high relief, the button is quatrefoil in section; interlaced, wire-bound grip of oval section; short, spatulate guard, with an oval shell-guard at the side. The whole hilt is blackened and decorated in low relief with recumbent classical figures and musicians; a castle and a village are portrayed on the inner side of the guard.
Blade of diamond section, from a parrying dagger, deeply grooved and pierced in the centre, the ricasso flattened on the inner side for placement of the thumb.
The guard is from a light dress sword of about 1650. The transversally elongated shell-guard fitted on the guard-block outside the hand is turned towards the blade. The buildings in the decoration are of distinctively North European type. The associated pommel probably comes from a small-sword similar to A685, but of a lower quality.
Pommel, possibly French; guard North European, both about 1650; blade probably about 1600.
A comparable hilt, but with human terminal figures forming the guard, is on a sword in the Danish Royal Collection (Rosenborg, no. 27). The 1696 Royal Inventory describes it as the rapier of Frederik III (1609-70).