Large and Massive Italian Hunting Dagger
Date: 18 C.
This fine dagger is Italian, late 18C. or a bit earlier. The blade is wide and heavy. One edge goes all the way on the blade length. The other edge is upper half of the blade only. A central fuller goes on most of the blade length. The handle is composed of horn sectors of different colors with brass separators and white metal mounts.
The forte of the blade is deeply chiseled. Showing a women presenting flowers to a soldier on one face. The other face describe a horrifying scene, beheading of a war prisoner. A third human figure is shown above these scenes on both side of the blade. A King? A ruller ? We do not know the story behind these scenes and if and how they are connected
Blade 12 inches long, 2 inches wide. Total length 16 inches. Large piece. To demonstrate the dimension it is shown below next to a more common dagger 9 inches long. Very good condition. No scabbard.
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