The Wallace Collection

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  • Stiletto
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy, possibly Brescia
  • c. 1660
  • Steel, chiselled
  • Length: 19 cm
    Width: 1 cm
    Weight: 0.105 kg
  • A855
  • European Armoury III
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  • Stiletto, the hilt formed of a grotesque figure, nude, double-armed, standing upon a grotesque head and supporting the flower-shaped pommel. The short, flat guard chiselled with parrot-like heads. The entire hilt of bright steel pierced and chiselled; the blade of triangular section, each facet deeply grooved and pierced with small holes; moulded ornament near the hilt. The guard may not be original.

    Italian (Brescian ?), about 1660.

    Provenance: E. de Rozière sale, Pillet and Juste, Paris, 19-21 March 1860, lot 149, repr. in cat.; illustrated in an anonymous dealer's photograph among the papers of W. H. Riggs in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, price uncertain (S. Pyhrr, letter of November 1980).