A very rare C.1500 English European Stiletto Dagger. This is a scarce and complete stiletto dagger that was probably made in either England or Europe. It comprises a blackened iron hilt with a small faceted and domed/squared off pommel. The grip is quite long, rounded and made from wood – this appears to the original wooden grip and is in good condition. The blade is typically triangular and comprises three flattened and sharpened sides with a pronounced and wicked point. What makes this an attractive piece is the distinctive downward curving crossguard and double cut quillon finials. It is quite simple decoration but personifies late-15th and early 16th Century dagger and sword styles. This dagger was obviously made to be concealed and would have been a very effective close combat weapon. These very early daggers are difficult to come across and it is nice to find such a complete example. There is no damage or repairs to the dagger. Blade length is 6.75 inches (10.25 inches overall).
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