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Ballock Knife

Date:
late 15th century
Culture:
Possibly French or German
Medium:
Steel, wood, lead
Dimensions:
L. 14 5/16 in. (36.3 cm); L. of blade 9 5/16 in. (23.7 cm); W. 2 in. (5.1 cm); W. of blade 13/16 in. (2.1 cm); thickness of blade 7/16 in. (1.1 cm); Wt. 8 oz. (226.8 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:
26.145.10
Not on view
The ballock knife, also referred to as a kidney dagger, was widely used in the later Middle Ages, in both civilian and military contexts. In Talhoffer's Fechtbuch it is shows in use by armored combatants to deliver a coup de grâce, and in the section devoted to unarmored knife fighting.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500-1800," June 9, 1998–November 29, 1999 p. 21.

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. pp. 55–56, no. 44, pl. XII.

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. 21.



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