The Wallace Collection

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Knife with scabbard
  • Knife with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1540 and 19th century
    probably 19th century (scabbard -leather only-)
    c.1540 (blade and scabbard mounts)
  • Iron or steel, rock crystal, gold, silver and dog-fish skin, etched, chased, gilded and engraved
  • Length: 16.8 cm, blade
    Width: 2.8 cm
    Weight: 0.125 kg
    Length: 25.7 cm, scabbard
  • Maker's mark
  • A899
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Knife and sheath, the oval-section knife handle of rock crystal with gilt mounts chased with interlaced strapwork involving quatrefoils; single-edge blade etched at the forte with scrolls, fully gilt; between blade and handle is a cup-shaped element chased with acanthus leaves; traces of a maker's mark on one side of the blade.

    Sheath of black dog fish-skin tooled with gilt lines and a diamond-shaped panel. Engraved silver-gilt chape at the point end, and hinged ring for suspension near the mouth. It is too large for the knife associated with it, and probably does not belong.

    The leather of the sheath is probably 19th-century.

    Exhibited: Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 1979 (Marquess of Hertford).
    R. & S. Garrard's receipted bill of 21 March 1878 may relate to the restoration of this knife; 'Repairing crystal haft of Dagger 3s. 6d' (archives of the Collection).