L. 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm); L. of blade 11 in. (27.9 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); W. of blade 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm); thickness of blade 3/8 in. (1 cm); Wt. 15 oz. (425.2 g)
Gift of Jean Jacques Reubell, in memory of his mother, Julia C. Coster, and of his wife, Adeline E. Post, both of New York City, 1926
Not on view
Designed to be used together with a rapier, this dagger is fitted with a side ring, recurved quillons, and a depression at the base of one side of the blade to accommodate the thumb and facilitate a firmer grip. The waves in the blade may be intended to act like "speed bumps" in breaking the impact of a blow from an opponent's blade. The piercing of the fullers (grooves) is a decorative motif.
La Rocca, Donald J. "Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800." In The Academy of the Sword. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 24, ill.