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The 8th Lord Howard de Walden

Composite Dagger

Period:
17th Century
Description:
The hilt of steel consists of an oval pommel, a pair of short crossguards and a shell guard outside the hand parallel to the blade.  The pommel and shell are chiselled in high relief with equestrian figures.  The crossguards each consist of a horseman galloping away from the mouth of a monster.  The blade which is two-edged with a stout central rib on one face may be from an oriental spear.  The pommel and guards are from a civilian dress-sword of the middle of the 17th century.  Swords and daggers of this type were very interesting to Victorian and early 20th Century collectors.
Place of Production:
Various, the blade may be an oriental spearhead
Materials/Media:
steel
Dimensions:
L 380mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/D16
Digital Number:
EAAM013n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council