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Parrying dagger

Parrying dagger, of ‘main gauche’ type, composed of a flattened spherical pommel, with button, chiselled with scrolled foliage in low relief; copper wire-bound grip; straight guard, spirally fluted and chased, ending in rosette-shaped knobs; triangular knuckle-guard (screwed to the guard), pierced and chiselled with scrolled foliage and berries or grapes; the edges recurved and fluted; narrow blade of oblong section towards the hilt, changing to flattened diamond section half-way to the point; the lower part has notched edges, and is decorated with scrolled foliage; the foible is engraved on one side, and on the other inscribed:

DIDACVS ACVENCA FACIEBAT (an erasure following) [DIDACVS A CVENCA ...
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c. 1675
Steel and copper, chiselled, chased, etched and engraved
A826
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