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Parrying Dagger

Date:
ca. 1550–75
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Steel, gold, brass, wood
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
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
Accession Number:
26.145.94
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.
Jean Jacques Reubell, Paris (until 1926; his gift to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500-1800," June 9, 1998–November 29, 1999 p. 24.

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. 132, no. 171, pl. LX.

La Rocca, Donald J., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 24, ill.



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