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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Spain or South Italy
  • probably 3rd quarter of 17th century
  • Steel, chiselled and pierced
  • Length: 46.5 cm
    Width: 2.3 cm
    Weight: 0.705 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A829
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, of ‘main gauche’ type, made up of a hollow, flattened spherical pommel, with button, pierced with foliage; hollow grip of steel, similarly decorated; straight cross-guard chiselled with foliage, the ends thickened and finished with rosette-headed knobs; large, triangular knuckle-guard, pierced with scrolls of conventional leaves, the edges strongly recurved; it is screwed to the cross and furnished on the inner side with an applied triangular panel of similar, pierced decoration; blade of triangular section at the hilt, changing to diamond section half-way to the point, the back-edge notched; the broad ricasso hollowed on the inner side for the thumb, with two holes for sword-catching, punched with dots in the form of a cross on a mound; it bears a maker's mark (? a sword) resembling that upon the dagger A828, and is probably from the same hand, the notching of the back-edge being very similar. The design of the grip closely resembles that of the rapier A647; see also A825 and A827.

    Spanish or Italian (Neapolitan), probably third quarter 17th century.

    The workmanship and design of the pommel resemble those of the pommel of A647, while the grip resembles those of both A647 and A648.