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Basilard

Date:
15th century
Culture:
Swiss
Medium:
Steel, wood
Dimensions:
L. 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm); L. of blade 12 5/16 in. (31.3 cm); W. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); W. of blade 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm); thickness of blade 1/4 in. (0.6 cm); Wt. 12 oz. (340.2 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:
26.145.46
Not on view
The term baselard is applied to a form of dagger with a distinctive I-shaped grip that was worn throughout Europe as part of military and civilian dress from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century. The name suggests that it originated in the Swiss town of Basel.
Blum, Walter. "Der Schweizerdegen." Anzeiger für Schweizerische Altertumskunde 21 (1919).

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. 30, no.11, pl. IV.



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