**Originally Listed At $500**
Ancient Western Europe, Celtic-Roman border region, ca. 1st century BCE. A beautiful forged-iron dagger with a curved profile boasting a thick spine, a sharpened edge, and a slender tip. A thin cast-bronze hand guard wraps around the upper shoulder of the blade, and a thick tang still bears the entirety of a single rivet. Fractured areas above the rivet suggest the handle was of a longer size than its current state and likely had a perishable handle cover made from bone, stone, or bronze. Size: 1.25" W x 11.5" H (3.2 cm x 29.2 cm).
Provenance: ex-private Green collection, York, England, United Kingdom
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Original handle and handle cover missing. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, losses to top of tang, blade edge, and blade tip, with heavy oxidation to iron components, and roughness across all surfaces. Nice earthen deposits throughout, and great patina along bronze hand guard.