- Parrying dagger with scabbard
- Unknown Artist / Maker
- c. 1600
- Iron or steel, gold and leather, blued etched and gilded
- Length: 45.7 cm
Length: 31.2 cm, blade
Width: 2.8 cm
Weight: 0.61 kg, dagger
Weight: 0.075 kg, scabbard
- European Armoury III
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- Dividing parrying dagger, the hilt comprised of a plain oviform pommel with flattened button; wire-bound grip of hexagonal section; sharply curved guard of circular section with pear-shaped ends bent almost parallel with the blade; single side-ring swelling at the centre.
The blade of hexagonal section, the ricasso etched and gilt with the arms of France encircled with the collar of the Saint-Esprit, and conventional foliage. Upon drawing a small bolt on the ricasso a catch is released and the blade divides into three parts as in A862-3, 865-6.
The scabbard is covered with black leather with blind tooling in the form of chevrons; locket (the loop missing) and ferrule of steel showing traces of gilding.
French, about 1600.
De Beaumont Catalogue, pl. 7.
Provenance: Henry Courant (Une dague, à trois lames, à secret, armoiriée, 600 fr.; receipted bill, July 1866); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.