The Wallace Collection

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Knife
  • Knife
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • England
  • c. 1620
  • Steel, agate, gold and silver, damascened
  • Length: 11.8 cm, blade
    Width: 1.3 cm
    Weight: 0.03 kg
  • Maker's mark: Cutler's mark
  • A907
  • European Armoury I
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  • Small knife, with a handle of white agate, polygonal in section, tapering towards the blade; gilt filigree button at the end, the forward, cylindrical mount of steel overlaid with minute arabesques in gold, the panels bordered with silver roping; the single-edged blade, with rounded point, bear's a cutler's mark on one side.

    English, about 1620.

    A dagger was the mark of the Cutler's Company of London, made obligatory after 1607. The half-moon mark may be that of Nathaniel Matthews, handed over to Moorehead in 1610, or that of Christopher Butler registered in 1606-7 (see Welch, History of the Cutlers' Company).