Rare, excellent quality, antique 17th century ca. 1650 Italian or French
Rare, excellent quality, antique 17th century ca. 1650 Italian or French aristocrat's stiletto dagger with absolutely beautiful faceted agate stone hilt.
Steel crossguard comprising rectangular quillon block finely hand-chiseled on both sides with acanthus leaves, turned quillons with knob terminals, finally hand-chiseled with leaves en suite with the block, slender tapering blade of stiff diamond section with baluster ricasso.
This is the best quality you can get with a 17th century stiletto, that I had seen in my 50 years involvement with collecting and trading antique arms and armour, and during these years I have never seen this particular style of a dagger sometimes called Gunner’s Stiletto, in any museums, private collections, or references of such a high quality stiletto with a finely carved steel crossguard grip made of finely cut semiprecious stone agate and an extremely well made blade.
My reference library on the arms and armour includes books and the museum catalogues from around the world printed in the 19th, 20th, and 21st century.
In none of these references and catalogues of famous world museums has such a high-quality dagger like this, including the catalogue of daggers of the most important world museum, that is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Nev York. And the major reference on this subject, “Catalog of European Daggers 1300-1800: Including the Ellis, de Dino, Riggs, and Reubell Collections“by Bashford Dean, published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1929.
A fantastic Museum Quality piece of a weapon from the 17th century fit for royalty.
CONDITION: In very good original untouched condition, for an over 350 years old stiletto. The crossguard and the ricasso retaining traces of gold gilding.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length: 25.5 cm (10.04 inches).
Catalog of European Daggers 1300-1800: Including the Ellis, de Dino, Riggs, and Reubell Collections by Bashford Dean, published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1929.