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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1600
  • Iron or steel and gold, chiselled, gilded and blued
  • Length: 50.7 cm
    Length: 35.4 cm, blade
    Width: 4.4 cm, blade at guard
    Weight: 0.81 kg
    Width: 22.4 cm, guard
    Balance point: 3.3 cm, forward of the guard block
  • A868
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, designed to ensnare the opponent’s sword. The hilt is made up of a cylindrical, turned pommel and button; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; straight guard of circular section, thickening towards the ends and terminating in small spherical knobs; single side-ring.

    The broad blade (broken and repaired in the middle) has one cutting edge, with the reverse side being deeply cut to form nine bars with barbed heads, which work on springs; the broad ricasso is decorated with strapwork and conventional flowers chiselled and gilt. Compare the parrying dagger A867.
    The guard bears traces of blueing.

    Italian (?), about 1600

    De Beaumont Catalogue, pl. 7.

    Provenance: E. Juste aînè (Une dague brise lame, 1,900 fr. (with other pieces) receipted bill, 2 July, 1866) Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    Demmin, Guide, 1869, p. 430, fig. 31; Demmin, Kriegswaffen, 1891, pp. 430-1, no. 31; Peterson, Daggers and fighting knives, 1968, pl. 51.