Object Title

Dagger

Dagger

Date

1371-1399

Object Number

X.287

Provenance

Purchased at Sotheby's in 1956 (sale 21 CHECK MONTH), lot 37. Ex collection R. G. Parker, DSO, FSA

Physical Description

Long, slender two-edged blade of lozenge section inlaid with a mark in gold on either side. Short ricasso inlaid in gold with an illegible gothic inscription. Rondels at either end of the tang are octagonal, the upper with a facetted sherical pommel surrounded by four smaller studs intenede to hold a decorative cap, now missing as are the grips. The steel has a thick black patina compatible with the tradition that it was found in the Thames.

Featured in

Hundred Years War

Dimensions

BladeLength16.5in
OverallLength21.25in

Associations

Bibliographic References

M. D. Coe, et. al., Swords and Hilt Weapons, London, 1989, p43.

Notes

When this dagger was exhibited at Ironmongers Hall in 1861 it was noted to retain 'the original handle, of yew tree wood, 4 3/4 in. long, inlaid with thin plates of yellow metal, marked with zig-zag marks'.