The Wallace Collection

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Stiletto
  • Stiletto
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • West Europe
  • probably 2nd quarter of 17th century
  • Steel, blued
  • Length: 40.9 cm
    Length: 28 cm, blade
    Width: 1.2 cm
    Weight: 0.275 kg
  • Maker's mark: Eagle displayed with erect wings in a bordure compony
  • A844
  • European Armoury III
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  • Stiletto, in the form of a miniature parrying dagger, the hilt made up of a faceted, barrel-shaped pommel of octagonal section with turned button; square wire-bound grip; straight guard of octagonal section swelling towards the ends, with single side-ring of plain blued steel. The pommel has been hatched, presumably for silvering, the guards have not. The former is therefore associated.

    The stiff blade is of hollowed triangular section, the ricasso square and bearing a bladesmith's mark on one side, consisting of an eagle displayed with wings erect within a bordure compony.

    West European, probably second quarter 17th century.

    Provenance: Possibly E. Juste aîne (Une do. [dague] noire lame triangulaire, 200 fr.; receipted bill, 21 October, 1868); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.