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Hi Trev - no markings on it at all...? Does it have a scabbard or sheath as well...?..
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No scabbard or sheath i am afraid .
Only marking is a small star on the steel sphere in the middle of the handle
( visible in my latest photo ) this is probably only ornamental.
There was a lot of enthusiasm in the nineteenth century for antique arms and armour, the demand was greatest amongst the newly rich owners of large houses who wanted to decorate them. The dealers of the time were quick to find a supply of well made reproductions. Your dagger may well be from this period.
Thanks for that Mameluke,
C 1850 ?
It's always risky to be specific with something that you've not seen close up but these type of things were made at that sort of time, some totally from scratch and some using earlier parts. It would be prudent to have it looked at by someone at a decent museum, the blade could be earlier but the hilt looks a bit too good to be true.
It has many of the attributes of a poniard. Sharply tapering blade, quillons as well as the general size and shape.
They date from the Middle ages and were most popular around 1600 (ish). Used traditionally in the opposite hand to a rapier. They were closely allied to the parrying dagger.
There is a particularly fine example in the Thinktank museum, Birmingham. The Royal Armouries has some very nice ones and the Musee l'Armee in Paris is awash with them.
Without looking at it, i don't have a Scoobies about its authenticity, but the RA would certainly help.
Thanks for the help Hepotec ,
I googled Poniard and they do look similar.
I must take it in somewhere and see if i can get it dated .
Thanks again , Trev .