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Parrying dagger with scabbard
  • Parrying dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • 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
  • A864
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • 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.