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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Spain
  • Probably late 17th century
  • Steel, chiselled
  • Length: 56.2 cm
    Length: 44.1 cm, blade
    Width: 4.2 cm
    Weight: 0.665 kg
  • A835
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, of ‘main gauche’ type, the hilt composed of a flattened spherical pommel, decorated with spirally twisted fluting and pearling; vertically fluted, wire-bound grip; long, straight cross-guard, round in section, the ends spirally fluted and finished with plain, flat buttons; triangular knuckle-guard, the flanged edge pierced and chiselled with flowers and scrolled foliage, the rest plain.

    The broad blade is of flattened diamond section, the ricasso pierced with two circular holes for sword-catching and with the usual hollow depression on one side for the thumb; on the other side it is decorated with punched circles to form a cross, the edges of the ricasso fluted.

    Spanish, about 1645- 55.