The Wallace Collection

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Stiletto
  • Stiletto
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1660
  • Iron or steel, chiselled
  • Length: 24.2 cm
    Width: 1.1 cm
    Weight: 0.185 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A852
  • European Armoury III
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  • Stiletto, comprised of a spherical pommel with miniature button; the grip of baluster form; short, turned guard, ending in knobs like the pommel, and square guard-block; the entire hilt chiselled in low relief, with conventional flowers and foliage; blade of flattened diamond section, each facet having six oval depressions; moulded ricasso stamped on each side with a maker's mark.

    Compare with the stiletto A853. The two pieces are very similar but are not necessarily chiselled by the same hand. The marks differ slightly; the centre of that on A852 is blank.

    Italian (Brescian), about 1660.

    A very similar weapon was in the Otto Seyffer collection, sold Gutekunst, Stuttgart, 8-9 November 1887, lot 729, repr. in cat.