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Dagger 1

Vorige Item 12 of 12
Description:Based on a dagger in the Dutch Royal Armouries

Disk-hilted dagger, West Europe, 1400-1450
Inv.no. 013351

The hilt with the contour of a Roman ‘I’ the serifs of which are in fact formed by two large, horizontal, round brass disks of equal size. The disks comprise the pommel disk and the guard disk and have lobed borders engraved on top and bottom as the leaves of a flower calyx. The guard disk has no engraving underneath and it is partially bent at a 90-degrees angle to lay parallel to the blade. The bent part is pierced with a Gothic quadruple leaf. The cylindrical grip has three flat ferrules of brass alternating with two portions of walnut(?). Each ferrule is decorated in the round with horizontal striations. The blade tang is rivetted to the pommel disk and there is a small iron washer shaped as a crossflower.
Blade with a thick shoulder and with the edges gradually tapering down towards the sharp point. The 35 mm long shoulder is rectangular in section (10.1 by 10.4 mm). The remainder of the blade is of rhomboidal section and the corners (‘edges’) start exactly in the middle forming a continuation of the shoulder’s faces. A couple of millimeters are missing from the blade point which has been shaped by a file.
Excavated, the wooden portions of the grip are later restorations. Probably a weapon to be worn with a costume or civilian dress. The guard disk is bent so as to conveniently wear the dagger against the body.

Overall: 332, Blade: 228 by 11.4 mm greatest width

References: Schneider & Stüber (1980), Waffen im Schweizerischen Landesmuseum : Griffwaffen I, illustrate under their Nos. 415-422 an entire series of similar daggers which they all date to the beginning or the first half of the 15th century.

Former Inv.nos. or provenance unknown
Length:28,5 cm blade length instead of 22,8 of the original

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