Object Title

Dagger and sheath

Dagger and sheath

Date

1780-1800

Object Number

X.232

Provenance

Lot 172, Christie's sale, 8 December 1959.Ex.Fenton and Whawell collections.

Physical Description

The hilt, consisting of pommel, down-curved quillons (one repaired) and small side-guard, is enriched with silver gilt, semi-precious stones and filigree work. The stiff, triangular section blade is deeply grooved obn each face and the grooves pierced thrugh.
The silver sheath is engraved with coarse, foliate patterns, the Imperial Eagle, crowned, and a (so far unidentified) coat of arms. On the back is the maker's mark 'P.M.'.

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: Dagger: Length overall: 540 mm (21.3 in.), Length of blade: 395 mm (15.5 in.), Sheath: Length: 420 mm (16.5 in.) Weight: Dagger: 14 oz, Sheath: 7 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

The initials of the maker are on the back of the sheath, 'P.M.'

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