Object Title

Stiletto

Stiletto

Date

1580-1620

Object Number

X.32

Physical Description

Entirely of steel; the baluster-shaped grip and the short quillons terminate in oblate spheres. The blade, of triangular section, springs from a short ricasso-like root formed of a rounded feature stamped with a mark on a cubic base (sic. - without punction - in IBE). One face of the blade is engraved with a graduated scale, now illegible apart from zeroes, used to calculate the weight of roundshot for a given calibre of gun.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length overall: 275 mm (10.75 in.), Length of blade: 180 mm (7 in.) Weight: 6 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

Possible mark - reference to mark in above description is ambiguous - PJL.

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, Pl.98b (wrongly captioned 'e').

H L Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, I Ordnance [catalogue], HMSO, London 1976 p. 188, no. 297, Pl. 78 (TO BE EXTRACTED - but dated by Blackmore to c. 1650).

[A.] L. Thompson, Daggers and Bayonets. A History, Spellmount, Staplehurst, 1999, p. 36 (illus. F, but image reversed).

Notes

RA Neg. No. A8/224.