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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • probably 3rd quarter of 17th century
  • Iron or steel, chiselled
  • Length: 41 cm
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 0.45 kg
  • Stamp: 'A · M' or 'M · V'
  • A840
  • European Armoury II
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  • Parrying dagger, of the ‘main gauche’ type, the hilt composed of a flattened, spherical pommel, with button, chiselled with flowers in low relief; octagonal wire-bound grip; straight cross-guard, spirally fluted, and swelling slightly towards the ends; circular, convex knuckle-guard with a pierced border of interlaced loops in the centre; it is chased with the same shield of arms as the rapier A659 (to which it belongs), surrounded by pierced ornaments of birds and scrolled foliage; the base incised with a conventional rose.

    The narrow blade is of triangular section at the hilt, changing to diamond section half-way to the point; the ricasso, which is of the same breadth as the blade is stamped on each side with the letters:

    A ∙ M or M ∙ V (the M could also be read as X or H)

    This object may be a German imitation of the Spanish dagger type, probably
    made in the third quarter of the 17th century.

    L' art ancien, I, 26; Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 179.De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 52 and pl. 4; Laking, Exhibited: Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, nos. 1841-2, with A659 (Nieuwerkerke).

    European Armour V, fig. 1487.

    Provenance: Joyeau (see A659); Comte de Nieuwerke.