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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Spain
  • probably 3rd quarter of 17th century
  • Steel and silver, etched, engraved and chiselled
  • Width: 2.9 cm
    Weight: 0.43 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A833
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, of ‘main gauche’ type, the hilt made up of a flattened spherical pommel with tang-button, chased with foliage; grip in square section, with vertical wavy strips on each face, bound with bands of silver wire alternately plain and plaited, steel sockets at either end; straight cross-guard spirally fluted at the ends and finishing in rosettes; triangular knuckle-guard, with solid roped edge and the broad bands of scrolled foliage and berries broadly pierced and chiselled.

    The blade is of triangular section (except towards the point, where it is of diamond section), the back-edge notched towards the hilt, minutely serrated at the point, singly grooved and pierced with a row of oblong apertures between herring-bone engraving; there is a second short groove, similarly decorated, at the ricasso, which is stamped on each side with a maker's mark. There are traces of etched decoration on the blade both near the point and on the ricasso.

    Spanish, probably third quarter of the 17th century.

    The hilt is smaller than is typical for a dagger of this type. The blade may not belong.

    Peterson, Daggers and fighting knives, 1968, pl. 56.