The Wallace Collection

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  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1490 - c. 1510
  • Steel, ivory, silver and gold, niello, etched and gilt
  • Length: 30 cm, blade
    Width: 3.2 cm
    Weight: 0.3 kg
  • Inscription: 'OMA I TE…E.I EMEM'
    Maker's mark
  • A733
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Dagger, the hilt made entirely of ivory and comprising an oval pommel flat at the top, scrolled at the sides and carved with acanthus leaves in low relief; a silver washer with toothed edge, inlaid with niello, fastening the hilt to the tang; grip of baluster form, turned in the middle, and expanding near the blade to form a guard, carved with pairs of male and female heads, wearing head-dress of the style of c. 1510. The blade, of flattened diamond section, is corroded except at the base where it is etched and gilt on the one side with panel of pomegranates, and on the other inscribed:

    OMA / TE… E. / EMEN

    This is apparently an abridgement of the prayer: O MATER DEI MEMENTO MEI, a common inscription on weapons and armour dating from the end of the 15th century. A maker’s mark is stamped on one side.

    German, about 1490-1510

    Laking, European Armour III, fig. 813

    Compare for style the sword A502.

    Fayet sale, Pillet, Paris, 29-30 April 1870, lot 78.