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Dagger
  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1600 - c.1640 and 19th century
    c. 1640 (guard)
    possibly 19th century (pommel)
    probably c. 1600 (blade)
  • Steel, chased
  • Length: 32.1 cm
    Width: 2.2 cm
    Weight: 0.42 kg
  • A824
  • European Armoury III
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  • Dagger, a modern composite. The hilt, from a light dress sword, is made up of a flat, oval pommel of bright steel, chased in low relief with a griffin among foliage on a granulated ground; wire-bound grip; broad, flat guard with rounded terminals, each chased with a female bust among foliage, terminating in a small button, and with a couchant lion holding a ball on the escutcheon.

    The sharply ridged blade, from an early seventeenth-century parrying dagger, is of diamond section, grooved on either side of the central ridge and pierced with small round holes in groups of two and three, the ricasso is flattened on the inner side for placement of the thumb.

    Pommel possibly 19th century; guard about 1640; blade probably about 1600.

    The guard is probably from a light dress sword. The metal of the pommel differs in colour from that of the guards and the workmanship is quite different, nevertheless in form it is very like that on a very similar dagger, also made from a sword hilt, in the Tøjhusmuseum, Copenhagen (cat. no. C1105).

    The Dassi drawings of the Uboldo Collection in the Castello Sforzesco, Milan, show what may be this guard on a composite sword, under no. 117 of Armi lunghe a taglio.