Object Title

Dagger

Dagger

Date

1300-1399

Object Number

X.1744

Provenance

Purchased from D. Oliver, 10 March 2000 (referred to by him as no. 1). From the Thames near Southwark Bridge (find date unknown). Purchased with X.1742, X.1743 and X.1745. Previously Deposit No. B.0031/3

Physical Description

Small, fine quality ballock knife with tang button (which was probably of rosette or flower form, but now too corroded to make out) and eliptical-shaped washer of copper alloy. Flattened bun-shaped pommel made out of one piece with the cylindrical wooden grip. On top of each of the globose quillons is a round washer, decorated with a flower motif; each surrounds a rivet which fixes the grip to the blade. Under the quillons is a copper alloy plate with a bevelled edge; this is of oval shape with a small cut-out section on each side. Triangular section blade with inlaid copper alloy mark (now indecipherable) on one side, approx. 1 in. fom the hilt..


Condition on acquisition: blade generally good, with a few small nicks on cutting edge. Wooden grip has three cracks which run around the circumference, one at the base, one mid-way and one at the top. These are all slight, hairline cracks. Area around pommel has some damage.

Featured in

Hundred Years War

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 250 mm, Length of blade: 148 mm Weight: 90 g (3.2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

see description and notes

Associations

Places England

Notes

although the mark on the blade is indecipherable, it is possibly of similar size and shape to that on X.1743.