20 September 2007
A COMPOSITE VENETIAN BASELARD
The blade, late 16th Century
With tapering blade of hollow-diamond section, long ricasso of flattened-hexagonal section stamped with an orb mark on both sides, wooden hilt incorporating a lobated pommel and engraved gilt-copper mounts cast in relief, inlcuding a pair of down-turned quillons formed as stylised monsters inlaid with silver, and pommel fitted with V-shaped cap.
Hal Furmage, London, 1929
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armour, New York, August 3-September 27, 1931, cat.no. 223, illustrated.
The appearance of both the blade and hilt suggest that this dagger may be an excavated find.
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