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Combined stiletto, wheel-lock spanner and priming-flask with scabbard
  • Combined stiletto, wheel-lock spanner and priming-flask with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1660
  • Steel and copper alloy
  • Length: 36.6 cm, overall
    Length: 23.5 cm, blade
    Width: 1 cm
    Weight: 0.32 kg
  • Stamp: Fleur-de-lys surmounted by the initials CL or GL
    Stamp: A shield charged with two keys in saltire, with possibly some letters in chief
  • A1309
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Combined stiletto, primer, and scabbard, the stiletto comprised of a diamond-shaped pommel, square in section, with turned button; grip of steel, of hexagonal section, vertically-fluted and roped. The grip is hollow and forms a receptacle for priming powder which is released through a hole in the button by means of a spring cut-off with thumb-piece in the form of a shell; the cavity is filled through a hole in the grip which is closed by a cap of brass terminating in a grotesque mask. The amount of the charge is regulated by the capacity of the pommel which is also hollow. Straight guard of circular section, hollow and cut square on the inner side to act as a spanner for a wheel-lock; applied to the escutcheon is a pierced rosette of brass; short stiff blade, square in section, tapering sharply at the point and bearing two marks; on the one side a fleur-de-lys surmounted by the initials C L (or G L), and on the other a shield charged with two keys in saltire, with some letters (?) in chief. The third side has a small hole corresponding to one on the sheath and probably intended for a spring-catch now missing. The whole is of bright steel decorated with narrow bands of roping and feathering.

    Scabbard of steel, square in section, with feathered edges; it is pierced with four holes, one of which corresponds to that on one side of the blade, the others probably secured pierced brass ornaments now missing with the exception of a portion of one.

    German (?), about 1660.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, no. 90; Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 1912.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    There is a stiletto of the same type in the Dino Collection in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (no. G 34).