From the William Fagan Ltd. Collection

10 5/8” d.e. diamond section blade with crude brass inlaid design each side at the forte. Shows smooth gray patina with some lineal forged layering. Inlay weak as made but complete. Recurved forged iron guard with scroll terminals and matching domed pommel cap. One piece bone grip with rich honey patina, few age checks and each side of the flared base broken away in antiquity revealing the lead tang seat. Shows decades of use in that condition with the broken edges with matching age patina. Because of their use as utility knives after their usefulness as daggers had passed, the survival rate for daggers is very small. The result is a distorted perspective of their original proliferation. It would be safe to estimate that there were more daggers in the early 18th century than swords, yet surviving examples probably number well under that 1% of those of swords.

Stock Number: 99-112

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