- Parrying dagger
- Unknown Artist / Maker
- late 17th century (pommel)
probably 3rd quarter 17th century (remainder of dagger)
- Iron or steel, chiselled
- Length: 33.5 cm
Width: 2 cm
Weight: 0.55 kg
- Maker's mark
- European Armoury II
Images & Media
- Parrying dagger, composite, of the ‘main gauche’ type, the hilt made up of an oviform pommel with scrolled foliage chased in relief; wire-bound grip; straight cross-guard, spirally fluted and finished with rosette-shaped knobs; knuckle-guard of trefoil form pierced and finely chiselled with birds and grotesque serpents among conventional leaves and berries; the edges plain.
The blade is of strong diamond section, the ricasso fluted, flattened on the inner side for the thumb, and stamped with a maker's mark, perhaps originally a crescent.
Italian (probably Neapolitan), the pommel late 17th century; the remainder probably third quarter of the 17th century.
This dagger is a modern composite. The pommel is not of the flat form usually found with this type of dagger, nor is the blade, which is four-sided and fluted at the ricasso.
A dagger, formerly in the Spitzer collection, with a guard of comparable form, is very similarly decorated, but is not apparently by the same hand (1892 cat., VI, no. 224, pl. XXXV).