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Stiletto with scabbard
  • Stiletto with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1610
  • Steel, leather and velvet, blued and incised
  • Length: 35.8 cm
    Length: 24.9 cm, blade
    Width: 0.7 cm
    Weight: 0.155 kg, dagger
    Weight: 0.055 kg, scabbard
  • A848
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Stiletto and scabbard, the hilt made up of a flattened, mushroom-shaped pommel faceted, with flattened button; wire-bound grip of circular section; short, curved guard of octagonal section, thickening towards the ends; small side-ring, all the mounts being of plain blued steel.

    The slender blade, square in section, has a square ricasso incised with annular ornament.

    The scabbard is of triangular section, externally covered with black leather, lined inside the mouth with red velvet, mounted with a locket (with D loop diagonally placed) and ferrule of blued steel.

    The scabbard is much too large for this dagger.

    German (?), about 1610.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, pl. 3.

    Provenance: Possibly E. Juste aîne (Une dague noire avec garniture et fourreau, 400 fr.; receipted bill, 21 October 1868); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.