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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Spain
  • c. 1650- c. 1675
  • Iron or steel
  • Length: 50.5 cm
    Length: 39 cm, blade
    Width: 2.5 cm
    Weight: 0.495 kg
  • Maker's mark: 'F' Deeply impressed
  • A836
  • European Armoury III
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  • Parrying dagger, a plain example of the ‘main gauche’ type, the hilt composed of a small, flattened, spherical pommel and button; wire-bound grip of octagonal section; straight, plain cross-guard of circular section thickening towards the ends and finished with a plain button; triangular knuckle-guard, plain with turned over edges.

    The blade is of triangular section changing to diamond towards the point, the back-edge notched; square ricasso bearing punched circles and a bladesmith's mark (possibly the letter F) deeply impressed on both side.

    Spanish, about 1640.