London, South Kensington
17 December 2008
A SMALL BALLOCK DAGGER
LATE 15TH /EARLY 16TH CENTURY
In excavated condition, evidently a river find, with short sharply tapering single-edged blade pierced with a circular hole encircled by latten rings and struck with a small mark on one face, original carved nodular rootwood hilt fitted with iron washer over the base, and domed brass pommel with iron button
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A series of closely related examples were excavated near the North German city of Lübeck.
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