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Dean Castle Arms and Armour



16th Century

This striking 16th century poignard has a hilt of blackened steel with silver applique foliage decorations and flamboyant blade. It is likely of Flemish origin and has a fig-shaped pommel and grip of baluster form. It has short and flat quillons that droop towards the double edged blade. The quillon has an image of a woman in low relief in its centre, balanced by foliate decoration on each of its terminals.


With its flamboyant blade, this poignard is a scultpure in steel. The poignard, or long dagger, was usually carried along with a rapier or sword as a parrying dagger for the non-dominant hand in confrontation. However, it was often carried alone as a fashion accessory, and wreaked no more damage than inflicting envy in other gentlemen around town.

L: 1'2" (8.75 in blade); W: 1" (blade); Wt: 13oz
Dean Castle
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East Ayrshire Council

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