The Wallace Collection

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Stiletto
  • Stiletto
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • 2nd quarter of 17th century
  • Steel, blued, pierced
  • Length: 34.5 cm
    Length: 23.4 cm, blade
    Width: 1 cm
    Weight: 0.17 kg
  • A843
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Stiletto, in the form of a miniature parrying dagger, the hilt made up of a faceted, cone-shaped pommel and button; square, wire-bound grip; curved guard with slight outward bend, of hexagonal section with scrolled-shape ends; single side-ring; the whole of plain blued steel.

    Strong blade, square in section, deeply grooved and pierced, with strong ricasso.

    Probably Italian, second quarter 17th century.

    The form of the pommel and the form of the knobs on the ends of the guard connect this dagger with sword hilts like A599 and 640 here.