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Gunner's stiletto
  • Gunner's stiletto
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1650
  • Iron or steel
  • Length: 20.9 cm
    Width: 1 cm
    Weight: 0.155 kg
  • Inscription: '1, 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 100, 120'
  • A859
  • European Armoury III
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  • Gunner's stiletto, composed of a faceted, pear-shaped pommel; herring-bone-fluted, wire-bound grip, with turned socket at the pommel; short guard with faceted knobs, and flat guard-block of hexagonal section; blade of triangular section with turned ornament at the hilt, one facet graduated for calibration with the figures:

    1, 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 100, 120.

    Italian, about 1650.

    See notes on gunners' stilettos under A858.

    Provenance: see under A858.

    For a discussion of stylets with graduated blades see M. Terenzi, Considerazioni su di un tipo di pugnale detto stiletto da bombardiere, 1962.