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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 19th century
  • Steel and gold, etched and gilded
  • Length: 49.5 cm
    Length: 35.8 cm, blade
    Width: 4.92 cm
    Weight: 0.81 kg
  • A865
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Dividing parrying dagger, the hilt made up of a pommel and grip of one piece of steel, of baluster form and hexagonal section; sharply curved guard of oblong section ending in trefoils; single-side-ring; the entire surface etched with arabesque scrollwork on a gilt ground.

    The blade is of hexagonal section. Upon drawing a bolt on the ricasso a catch is released and the blade divides into three parts as in A862-4, 866.

    Entirely 19th century, in the style of the 17th century.

    The authenticity of this dagger has been questioned on account of the unusual shape of the hilt, and its well-preserved state.