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Left-Hand Dagger and Rapier

Period:
17th Century
Description:
Originating in Spain, left-hand daggers were used in conjunction with a rapier held in the right hand and sometimes with a buckler (small shield) attached to the left wrist. The blades of these daggers were often strengthened below the hilt, the idea being to use the dagger to parry or knock aside the opponent’s rapier, some even incorporated flanges and notches designed to trap the rival blade. Rapiers were sold with matching daggers and they were carried as a set. Using both weapons together was a complicated skill and young noblemen spent hours practising their use. The difference between a skilled swordsman and an unskilled one was immeasurable.
Place of Production:
Italy
Materials/Media:
steel
Dimensions:
dagger hilt 175mm, dagger blade 366mm, rapier hilt 180mm, rapier blade 1000mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/D30, MA/S41
Digital Number:
EAAM098n
Creation Date:
circa 1630
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council