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Stiletto with scabbard
  • Stiletto with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy, probably
  • c. 1600
  • Steel, gold, silver, wood and leather, blued and false-damascened
  • Length: 24.1 cm, blade
    Width: 0.8 cm
    Weight: 0.125 kg, dagger
    Weight: 0.03 kg, scabbard
  • A842
  • European Armoury III
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  • Stiletto and scabbard, the hilt in the form of a miniature parrying dagger, made up of an oviform pommel with button; steel grip of octagonal section; straight guard, flat, and widening towards the ends; small side-ring; the entire hilt lightly overlay with scrolls of foliage in gold on a blued ground. The inner surfaces of the guard and the sides of the grip and chape are overlaid in silver with foliage scrolls.

    The blade, which has been broken and repaired, is of diamond section moulded near the hilt.

    Scabbard of wood covered with black leather and mounted with a locket of steel decorated like the hilt; small ring at the back for suspension; bright steel ferrule with a delicately turned tip, which is a later substitute for the original.
    Probably Italian, about 1600.