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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • 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
  • A838
  • European Armoury II
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  • 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).