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Title Thames river-find dagger chape
Nationality European
Period 16th century
Price £20.00

This bronze chape (3cm across at the top) would have been the bottom mount of a scabbard, probably for a dagger, typically one of the classic left-hand daggers so often seen on portraits of the period with the pommel peeping out on the other side to that of the rapier. Decoration on 17th-century pieces tends to be much simpler.

Scabbard elements from 16th-century daggers simply didn't survive in any quantity, so river-find material is often the only evidence of what they looked like.

It has been cleaned, using acid or a wire mop perhaps, but some of the original river deposit is still within the piece. The condition is otherwise as you would expect from a river-find piece, but there is also a 1cm crack to the face of the chape.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Edged Weapons : Dirks : European : 16th Century]

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Just to say many thanks for the fast service, it's an excellent little item. Will be watching for you listing more of these and other makes?

P A, UK, 26.06.2008

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

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C W, UK, 20.04.2006

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