This dagger is a fine 19th century example modelled after 15th century Nasrid pieces. The origin of ear-daggers is not entirely clear, although they probably came from north Africa before being widely used in Spain in the 15th and 16th century and reaching Europe through Italy. Three Nasrid daggers are kept in the Real Armeria, Madrid (No. G361), in the Bargello Museum Florence (No. Bg R126) and another is said to be in the Ambrosian Library, Milan. See also an important dagger sold at Sotheby’s, 6 October 2010, lot 250. A closely related dagger in the Nasrid style, probably made by the same maker, sold at Christie’s South Kensington, 11 October 2013, lot 891.