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Left-hand dagger

Artist or maker:
Unknown
Date:
c 1600-c 1625
Place of production:
England?
Medium:
steel, iron, wood and silver
Type of object:
left-hand daggers
Accession number:
684

Commentary

The wavy blade would have made it impossible for an opponent to grab this dagger during a rapier fight. It was possibly made by the same workshop responisble for acc. no. 685. A similar dagger is in the Wallace Collection, London, acc. no. A796. For more on left-hand daggers see acc. nos 5144 & 5145.

Phillippa Plock, 2016

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
410 x 128 x 55; 274 x 27 (blade); weight 449g.

History

Provenance:
Acquired from Durlacher Bros., 142 New Bond Street, London, as 'To Left hand dagger, the hilt similarly decorated to the rapier described above. Flamoyant grooved and pierced blade. N. Italian 2nd half of the 16th century.' 3 July 1913 (receipt AR044) 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. 195-8, cat. no. 73, ill.

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