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Cover of Catalogue of European Daggers

Catalogue of European Daggers including the Ellis, De Dino, Riggs and Reubell collections

Dean, Bashford
1929
379 pages
95 illustrations
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This catalogue features daggers in numerous examples dating from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century and provides a history of not only the daggers in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection, but also the broader history of daggers in general. The illuminating text traces the dagger's development and mode of use throughout the time period while also differentiating it from concurrent development of swords.

Included in the text are helpful line illustrations that better show the form and decoration of the daggers, accompanied by a plate section, which allows for easy comparison of the works.

Met Art in Publication

Scramasax (Short Broad Sword), iron, copper alloy fittings, Frankish
Frankish
7th century
Frankish
6th–9th century
Frankish
6th–9th century
Frankish
6th–9th century
Hispano-Moresque
14th–15th century
possibly North French
14th century
Italian
14th century
Hispano-Moresque
14th century
French
1300
Basilard, Steel, wood, gold, Italian
Italian
ca. 1540
Swiss
15th century
Swiss
dated 1567
Swiss Dagger with Sheath, Bodkin, and By-Knife, Steel, gold, bronze, wood, textile, Swiss
Swiss
ca. 1570
Swiss
1570
Roundel Dagger, Steel, possibly British
possibly British
14th century
European, possibly British
15th century
North French
ca. 1400
North French
early 15th century
Sheath for a Roundel Dagger, Leather, wood, Italian
Italian
ca. 1500
French
1450
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