The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • probably 19th century
  • Steel, copper and gold, chased and pierced
  • Length: 24.1 cm
    Width: 2.7 cm
    Weight: 0.285 kg
  • A813
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Dagger, the hilt made up of a hollow pommel shaped as a triangular canopy and having inside it a small baluster; vertically channelled grip bound with copper wire; short curved guard, ending in open knobs shaped like the pommel, the arms issue from a curved block; all the parts are skillfully chased in relief with trophies of arms, cannons, etc., on a matt gilt ground.
    The blade of flattened triangular section, with central groove wholly pierced for most of its length, the double groove on the ricasso also pierced, the piercings varied by decorative holes.

    Probably entirely 19th century.

    Illustrated in an anonymous dealer's photograph among the papers of W. H. Riggs in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, priced at 300 fr. (S. Pyhrr, letter of November 1980).