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Swiss Dagger with Sheath, Knife and Skewer

dated 1567
Steel, gold, bronze, wood, textile
L. with sheath 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm); L. without sheath 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm); L. of blade 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm); W. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); W. of blade 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); Wt. 13.3 oz. (377 g); Wt. of sheath 13.2 oz. (374.2 g); knife (c); L. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); W. 5/8 in. (1.6 cm); Wt. 1.2 oz. (34 g); skewer (d); L. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm); W. Wt. 0.8 oz. (22.7 g)
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:
Not on view
The relief on the scabbard is a scene from the Old Testament: the death of King Saul at the battle of Mount Gilboa. The scabbard is probably the work of a Basel goldsmith.
Grancsay, Stephen V., D. Graeme Keith, and Dr. Charles Avery. The Triumph of Humanism: A Visual Survey of the Decorative Arts of the Renaissance. San Francisco: Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1977. Cat. no. 119; pp. 46, 87; fig. 60, ill.

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