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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Toledo, Spain or Italy
  • probably 3rd quarter of 17th century
  • Steel, chiselled
  • Length: 49.5 cm
    Width: 2.1 cm
    Weight: 0.68 kg
  • Maker's mark: Group of marks with a crowned 'O / T' in centre Stamped
  • A834
  • European Armoury III
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  • Parrying dagger, of ‘main gauche’ type, the hilt made up a flattened, spherical pommel with button, chiselled with flowers in low relief; oval, wire-bound grip; straight cross-guard, spirally fluted at the ends finishing in flat buttons; triangular knuckle-guard with solid, diagonally fluted edge, with broad bands of conventional foliage in scroll form pierced and broadly chiselled, surrounding a plain triangle in the centre.

    The blade is of triangular section, changing to diamond section towards the point, the back-edge notched and diagonally serrated; broad, flat ricasso decorated with circles and stamped on each side with a maker's mark; two projections for sword-catching with serrated edges; the inner side of the ricasso has the usual hollow depression for the thumb. The central mark of each group consists of the letter O over T in a shield of baroque shape, all crowned.

    The hilt Spanish or Italian, probably third quarter of the 17th century; blade Spanish (Toledo).

    A hilt almost certainly by the same maker is on a dagger in the Musée de l' Armée, Paris (no. J.856; Mariaux, 1927, pl. 100). Another with a knuckle-guard of identical design to A834 was in the collection of J. F. Hayward (sold Sotheby's, 1 November 1983, lot 19, repr. in cat.).