The Wallace Collection

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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • probably 1650 - 1675
  • Steel, chiselled
  • Length: 36.5 cm
    Width: 2.5 cm
    Weight: 0.56 kg
  • Maker's mark Stamped
  • A825
  • European Armoury II
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  • Parrying dagger, of ‘main gauche’ type, composed of a flattened spherical pommel, spirally fluted, with large flat button; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; straight guard, also spirally fluted, with rosette-shaped knobs; triangular knuckle-guard, with strongly recurved edge, pierced and chiselled with a female figure, probably Eve as she is accompanied by a snake, among scrolls of leaves, conventional flowers and a bird; blade of triangular section at the hilt, the back edge notched, converging to diamond section at the point; the broad ricasso has an oval depression for the thumb on the inner side and is pierced with two circular holes for sword-breaking; it is punched with dots to form a cross upon a mound, and stamped on one side with the maker's mark. Compare the workmanship of A828-9.

    Probably third quarter of the 17th century.

    A cup-hilt rapier decorated to match this dagger was sold at Christie's, 2 November 1983, lot 21, repr. in cat., and is now in the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, Australia.