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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1610
  • Steel and gold, inlaid
  • Length: 19 cm
    Width: 1.4 cm
    Weight: 0.125 kg
  • A801
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, the hilt made up of a small, oviform pommel having ten facets, with button; wire-bound grip (restored); straight guard of flattened hexagonal section widening towards the ends; single side-ring. All the metal parts on the hilt are inlaid with gold arabesques of great delicacy; sharply ridged blade (of diamond section at the point) with four pierced grooves.

    Italian, about 1610.

    L' Art Ancien V, no. 590.

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer; Musée Rétrospectif, 1865.