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Dean Castle Arms and Armour


Pierced hilt left hand dagger


Daggers such as this object were used as both a personal defence and personal accessory. As defense, they served as off-hand weapons to block the strike of an opponent in conjunction with rapiers or single-handed swords. As an accessory, the highly decorated hilts and blades of these daggers made for eye-catching adornments to the civilian gentleman. The hilt displays a helix-shaped grip with a pierced crossguard and fingerloop. The intricate design spills over to the blade, with filigree designs etched onto the metal, highlighting its distinctive triangular cross-section.

Dean Castle
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East Ayrshire Council

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