Object Title

Dagger and sheath - Left Hand Dagger

Dagger and sheath - Left Hand Dagger

Date

1780

Object Number

X.239

Provenance

Purchased from the Beriah Botfield collection at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire, with the aid of the National Art Collections Fund, 1942 (Norton Hall No. 374)

Physical Description

Blade is straight, double edged and of flattened hexagonal section. A deep fuller runs for two thirds of the blade's length. The tip of the blade is slightly bent. The grip is of slightly rounded quadrilateral section, and barrels slightly towards the middle, tapering down towards the metal ferrules at either end. The quillons are long and of slightly flattened, tubular section, being completely flattened in the middle section beneath the hand guard, and with button terminals. The pommel is round with a flat-topped tang button. The hand guard is plain and triangluar, and fixed to the quillons with two blind rivets. The grip is bound with wire.

The sheath is of black leather and is missing its chape. The mouth is of ferrous metal and has a belt loop.

Techniques

Engraving

Dimensions

SheathLength280 mm
SheathWeight28 g
BladeLength321 mm
OverallLength429 mm
OverallWeight372 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscription
JUAN.MARTINS
fuller
engraving
Inscription
RL.FA.DE.TOLO.A.1780 (Real Fabrica de Toledo Anno 1780)
fuller
engraving

Associations

Bibliographic References

A Dufty, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, HMSO. London, 1974