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Dagger
  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • England
  • c. 1625 - c.1635 and 19th century
    c. 1625 - 1635 (guard (English))
    19th century (pommel and grip)
  • Steel and silver, etched, russeted and encrusted
  • Length: 34.2 cm
    Length: 21.7 cm, blade
    Width: 1.5 cm
    Weight: 0.21 kg
  • A822
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Dagger, composite, comprised of a faceted, olive-shaped pommel of octagonal section, with button; wire-bound grip of circular section (renewed); short, flat guard, the ends rounded; both pommel and guard are decorated with conventional foliage encrusted in silver on a matt and russeted ground.

    The blade is of diamond section with oblong ricasso, which is decorated like the hilt, the rest of the blade being etched throughout with flowing conventional foliage.

    Pommel and grip associated, 19th century; guard English, about 1625-35.
    Provenance: William Meyrick (Illustrated catalogue, 1861, pl. 65 right, without grip and with associated pommel).

    The guard comes from an English dagger of the type discussed in Laking, Record, III, pp. 47-8, and fig. 822; in Trenchard, Antique Collector, 1937, pp. 81-3; and in Blair, 1974, under no. 66. Very similar guards, probably decorated by the same hand, are in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle (1904 cat., no. 16), and in the Montagu family armoury at Boughton, Northamptonshire. Dates recorded on the blades of this type cover the period 1621 to 1632. The original grip would probably have been of ivory, horn or wood, cylindrical or faceted and slightly lobated at the end further from the blade in place of a pommel.