The Wallace Collection

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  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1520 and 19th century (blade)
    19th century (hilt)
  • Steel, bronze, gold and copper, overlaid, etched and inlaid.
  • Length: 22.2 cm, blade
    Width: 3.4 cm
    Weight: 0.26 kg
  • Incised mark: 'SI' inlaid in gold
  • A810
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Dagger, the hilt made up of a fig-shaped pommel of gilt bronze fluted with acanthus leaves; circular grip bound with iron and copper wire; curved guard shaped as a coiling serpent with open jaws, the head on one side, the tail on the other; in the centre a bearded mask on one side and a female head on the other.

    The blade is of flat triangular section broken by four raised ridges; traces of gold damascening near the hilt, including an oval panel enclosing a female head and the initials SI in gold.

    The hilt is entirely or mostly a restoration. The guards appear to be 19th-century. On the blade the gold has been applied to areas slightly etched into the surface of the metal.

    The hilt modern, the blade Italian, about 1520.

    See also A731.