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Left-hand dagger

Artist or maker:
Unknown
Date:
c 1600-c 1625
Place of production:
England?
Medium:
steel, iron, wood, gold and silver
Type of object:
left-hand daggers
Accession number:
685

Commentary

The grooves and piercings on this blade make it very light, while retaining its strength. This quality would have benefited the weapon's owner, who would have used it alongside a rapier when fighting a duel. It was possibly made by the same workshop that produced another left-hand dagger at Waddesdon (acc. no. 684). For more on left-hand daggers see the entry for acc. no. 5144.

Phillippa Plock, 2016

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
426 x 125 x 54; 298 x 24 (blade); weight 477g.

History

Provenance:
Most probably acquired by Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by her great-nephew James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); bequeathed to Waddesdon The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) in 1957.
Collection:
Waddesdon (National Trust)
Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957

Bibliography

Bibliography

Claude Blair, Anthony Blunt; The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Arms, Armour and Base-Metalwork; Fribourg; Office du Livre; 1974; pp. 198-9, cat. no. 74, ill.

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