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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1600
  • Steel and copper alloy, blued, blackened and etched
  • Length: 46.2 cm
    Length: 33.7 cm, blade
    Width: 2.6 cm
    Weight: 0.59 kg
  • A862
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Dividing parrying dagger, the hilt made up of a cylindrical pommel of octagonal section with spherical button; brass, wire-bound grip square in section; strongly curved guard of oblong section ending in scrolls; single side-ring, the whole of plain blued steel.

    The blade, of hexagonal section, is etched down the centre with conventional foliage on a blackened ground and including a shield of arms charged with two bars, with a roundel in chief. Upon drawing a bolt on the ricasso a catch is released and the blade divides into three parts like A863-6; the ends of the guard are notched to receive the cutting edges of the blade when released.

    German, about 1600.

    Peterson, Daggers and fighting knives, 1968, pl. 50.

    This dagger was previously catalogued as coming from the collections of Henry Courant and the Comte de Nieuwerkerke, but the details given in the receipted bill make it clear that the dagger there described was A864. This is confirmed by the plate engraved by Jacquemart for De Beaumont's catalogue.
    'It a gilt dagger wth a devise in the blade to devide in iij wth shethe of blacke velvet, a knife bodkin locket and chape gilt', Inventory of Leicester House, 1580, Dudley Papers, vol. V, fol. 10v., Longleat (C. Blair, personal communication).