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Stiletto with scabbard
  • Stiletto with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1660
  • Steel, wood and leather, chiselled and engraved
  • Length: 15.9 cm
    Width: 1 cm
    Weight: 0.12 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A853
  • European Armoury III
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  • Stiletto and scabbard. The hilt composed of a flattened, spherical pommel; grip of baluster form; short guard with knobs like the pommel and square guard-block; the entire hilt of bright steel chiselled in low relief, with scrolls of conventional foliage, a monkey and grotesque animals' heads; blade of flattened diamond section, each facet has four oval depressions.

    The blade has a square ricasso stamped on each side with a maker's mark; compare the stiletto A852. The two are very similar but not necessarily by the same hand.

    Scabbard of wood covered with black tooled leather; steel locket, square in section, chiselled in low relief like the hilt; oval ferrule of steel roughly engraved.

    Italian (Brescian), about 1660

    The chape of the scabbard is a later replacement. The centre of the mark on A853 contains a trio of raised dots within a raised letter C or O. The same mark occurs on a dagger in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (no. 26.145.13; Dean, Daggers, 1929, no. 215, pl. LXV).