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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Spain
  • probably 3rd quarter of 17th century
  • Steel and leather, chased, pierced and engraved
  • Length: 42.5 cm
    Width: 3 cm
    Weight: 0.595 kg
  • Maker's mark: Cross of Santiago above crowned double-headed eagle
    Maker's mark Stamped twice
  • A830
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, of the ‘main gauche’ type, the hilt made up of a flat spherical pommel spirally fluted, with tang-button; leather-bound grip, square in section, with diagonally fluted sockets at either end; straight cross-guard, spirally fluted and ending in rosette-shaped terminals; large, triangular knuckle-guard, the edge strongly recurved, pierced and chased with scrolls of flowers and foliage.

    The blade is of triangular section, the back edge notched and decorated with circles, changing to flattened diamond section at the point; flat, wide ricasso pierced with small holes for sword-catching and the cross fitchy of Santiago above a double-headed eagle on one side, the other side has an oval depression for placement of the thumb and is stamped twice with a maker's mark of a sword (?).

    Spanish, probably third quarter 17th century.

    Compare the double-eagle on the ricasso with that on the dagger A831. The floral ornament on the guard is large and flat.

    Both on this and on A831 the double-headed eagle engraved on the ricasso is crowned.

    Illustrated in an anonymous dealer's photograph among the papers of W. H. Riggs in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, priced at 200 fr. (S. Pyhrr, letter of November 1980).