Object Title

Stiletto - Gunner's stiletto

Stiletto - Gunner's stiletto

Date

1580-1620

Object Number

X.32

Provenance

unknown

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. One face of the blade is engraved with a graduated scale, now illegible apart from zeroes.

Techniques

Engraving

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength180 mm
OverallLength275 mm
OverallWeight170 g

Inscriptions and Marks

scale
Used to calculate the weight of roundshot for a given calibre of gun.
length of blade
engraved
Mark
indistinguishable
ricasso
engraved

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.