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Stiletto
  • Stiletto
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1640
  • Steel, russeted and chiselled
  • Length: 19.4 cm
    Width: 0.9 cm
    Weight: 0.085 kg
  • A856
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Stiletto, the grip composed of two elongated nude figures with the heads of apes, embracing, and standing upon a turned base; short guard shaped as dolphins, and square guard-block; the entire hilt of russeted steel chiselled and pierced; blade or triangular section, with turned moulding near the hilt. The moulding at the base of the blade is stamped with a mark consisting of a circle with a dot at its centre.

    Italian (Brescian), about 1640.