Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Dagger with Sheath

Sword maker:
Wolf Paller (German, Dresden, died 1583)
ca. 1575
German, Dresden
Steel, silver, ray skin, leather, wood
L. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm); Wt. (with sheath) 1 lb. 6 oz. (624 g)
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
29.158.662a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
Inscription: (on scabbard mount, stamped) W P (Dresden goldsmith, Wolf Paller, 1853); D (mark of Dresden); 16 lott (weight)
Historical Museum, Dresden; Samuel J. Whawell; Fenton; Dean
Historical Museum, Dresden, Sale catalogue. Berlin, 1919.

"Sold by Order of his Executors, The Midland Bank Executor and Trustee Company Limited and Mrs. Rebecca Appleyard." In Catalogue of the Magnificent Collection of Armour, Weapons, and Works of Art, The Property of the late S. J. Whawell, Esq.. London: Sotheby's, London, 1927. p. 8, no. 52, ill., pl. 3.

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Daggers: Including the Ellis, De Dino, Riggs, and Reubell Collections / by Bashford Dean. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 106, no. 116, pl. XLI, ill.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stephen V. Grancsay, and Carl Otto von Kienbusch. The Bashford Dean Collection of Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Portland, Maine: Southworth Press for the Armor and Arms Club of New York City, 1933. p. 227, no. 183, pl. II (ill. two marks), pl. LVI (ill. dagger and sheath).

Blair, Claude. European & American Arms, c. 1100–1850. New York: Crown Publishers, 1962. fig. 202.

Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 168.

Norman, A. V. B., and C. M. Barne. The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460–1820. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1980. p. 338.

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