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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Toledo, Spain; blade Italy, possibly
  • probably c. 1675
  • Steel, chiselled
  • Length: 39.8 cm
    Width: 2.7 cm
    Weight: 0.71 kg
  • Incised mark: 'O / T' Toledo mark
  • A832
  • European Armoury II
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  • Parrying dagger, of ‘main gauche’ type, the hilt composed of a flattened spherical pommel, with tang-button, spirally fluted; oval grip of steel, hollow and chiselled with scrollwork in low relief; straight cross-guard, round in section, the ends spirally fluted and finished with rosette-head knobs; triangular knuckle-guard, with curved sides, the edge fluted, pierced and chiselled with a triangular central panel and deep borders of scrolled foliage and flowers; on the inner side of the guard is applied a triangular panel of like decoration.

    The blade is of triangular section at the hilt, the back edge pierced with a line of holes and diagonally chased, converging to diamond section at the point; the ricasso has the usual oval depression for the thumb on the inner side, is pierced with two holes for sword-catching, the edges bevelled and fluted, and decorated with small circles in the form of the Cross: it is incised on the one side with the Toledo mark (O above T); compare that upon the rapier A648, which is of similar workmanship and inscribed with the name of Pedro de Toro, the Toledo bladesmith; compare also the workmanship of the grip of the rapier A647, which is similarly inscribed, and that of the dagger A829.

    Probably about 1675; blade Spanish (Toledo) or an Italian imitation.

    This object is in a remarkable state of preservation, and this fact, coupled with its incised mark, suggests that it may be an Italian imitation of a Toledo blade.