Lot #3278
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Lot 3279: Dagger with Finely Carved Hilt and Sheath

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Lot 3279: Dagger with Finely Carved Hilt and Sheath

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000
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Dagger with Finely Carved Hilt and Sheath

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Description:

Measuring 14 inches overall, with an unmarked needle-point blade 8 1/2 inches long. The hilt is constructed from carved bone or antique ivory, with a 4 inch wide guard decorated with raised scrollwork and zig-zag panels, and the cylindrical grip beating a carved scene of a king resting their hand on a war pick, with "LADISLAVS IV" in an arc above him. Ladislaus IV of Hungary was King of Hungary and Croatia 1272-1290, and while he had some battlefield success spent most of his reign unsuccessfully trying to consolidate power. The sheath is of similar construction, with a contrasting dark wood inlay around the edges, with ribbon themed carving and a belt hook on the back, and carved decoration on the front including a quiver, crossed scimitars, a helmed shield, and a rampant dragon. The heraldry on the shield, an eagle in the top have and three pierced six-pointed stars arrayed over 3 mountains on the bottom, has not been positively identified. Provenance: The Dr. Gerald Klaz Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good overall. The blade shows a mixed gray patina, with mild spotting and wear overall. There is some play in the fit of the grip to the tang, otherwise the hilt is very good with some thin age cracks, mild wear, and light handling marks. An inlaid band is absent from the sheath, which is otherwise in similar condition to the hilt.



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