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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Daggers

Dagger

Period:
17th Century
Description:

This dagger is a fine example of how weaponry could be used as a fashion accessory. The gilded hilt consists of a small, double shell pommell with thumb loop and drooping quillon adorned with shell terminals. The blade has a plated ricasso with a low filligree relief coming to a chevron at the top of the sharpened blade, adjoining the grind line of the blade and in line with the shell terminals of the quillon. Although highly ornate, daggers such as this object may have been deadly when wielded by a skilled swordsperson, with its double edged blade and sharp point being well-suited to close-combat confrontations.

Place of Production:
France
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000644
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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