Europe, probably England or Italy, ca. 16th to 18th century CE. A lovely set of two European daggers, each with forged-iron blades and intricate handles. The smaller knife, perhaps Italian in origin, has a tapering blade with a reinforced tip suited for effectively penetrating lighter armor or chain mail. A spiraling wooden handle is attached to the thin tang and displays traces of applied red decorative pigment. The larger hunting knife is English in origin and has a wide petaloid blade with a shallow central ridge, a thin quillon with serpentine terminals, and a thick handle composed of deer antler attached to the tang. The components of both daggers exhibit fine layers of lustrous and matte patina. Size: 4.2" W x 14.625" H (10.7 cm x 37.1 cm); 15.4" H (39.1 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private southwestern Pennsylvania, USA collection
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