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Dagger and sheath

Artist or maker:
Unknown
Date:
c 1830?
c 1550-c 1600 {blade}
Place of production:
France
Medium:
steel, ivory, metal, gold, brass
Type of object:
daggers (weapons)
sheaths
Accession number:
3053

Commentary

While the blade on this dagger is related to 16th-century French knives (e.g. see acc. no. 5137), the hilt, sheath and construction appears to be of a much later date. It is similar to work done by skilled ivory-carvers in early 19th-century Dieppe.

Related 19th-century pieces, often carved with devices of famous owners, were previously in the Spitzer collection ("La Collection Spitzer", 1890-2, vol. 3, p. 221, no. 24) and in the collection of Mr Campe of Hamburg ("Musée rétrospectif de la classe 93", Paris, 1900, p. 40). For more on these collectors see acc. no. 3467 and 5219.

Phillippa Plock, 2016

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
292 (overall length); 176 x 15 (blade); 199 (sheath length)
Inscriptions:
DON DAMI
Inscription
[on blade, etched]

DV BON DV [heart]
Inscription
[on blade, etched]
Translation of inscription:
The gift of a friend
from the goodness of the heart

History

Provenance:
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. 180-82, cat. no. 64

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