Object Title

Dagger - Left Hand Parrying Dagger

Dagger - Left Hand Parrying Dagger

Date

1531-1570

Object Number

X.603

Provenance

Excavated from the bed of the Thames at Queenhithe on 29/08/1977, on the west side of the dock at a depth of 4 feet.

Physical Description

Iron hilt covered with a hard blue/black patina. Small tear drop quillons extending either side of a pronounced rectangular quillon block from the outside of which springs a ring guard for the knuckles. Baluster form pommel of oval section. Modern wooden grip.
Straight double edged blade with a pronounced medial ridge extending from hilt to point. Covered with a hard blue/black patina. The ricasso decorated on either side with punched and gilt symmetrical scroll work.

Techniques

Punched, Gilding

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength228 mm
OverallLength331 mm
OverallWeight255 g

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Associations

Notes

Similar punched and gilt decoration occurs on other Thames finds of the mid-16th century: See halberd head VII.1717 and the London Museum dagger blade No.7554