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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Europe
  • c. 1610
  • Iron or steel, blued, chiselled, grooved and pierced.
  • Length: 42.4 cm
    Length: 31 cm, blade
    Width: 2.3 cm
    Weight: 0.36 kg
  • A780
  • European Armoury II
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  • Parrying dagger, made up of a spherical pommel with flat button, chiselled on each side with a female head against a ruff within a circle; wire-bound grip of oblong section with grooved mount at either end; curved guard with slight outward bend, of oval section chiselled with acanthus leaves and terminating in lobated ends containing heads like those on the pommel; side-ring, again with a head, enclosing a pierced filling; the mounts formerly blued. Blade of diamond section, strongly ridged, grooved and pierced, the ricasso flattened on one side for the thumb (the blade had been wrongly remounted on the reverse side).

    Possibly North European, about 1610.