English Gothic Rondel Dagger, Early 15th C


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Constructed entirely of steel. Thick armor-piercing 12-3/4” blade, showing lamination. Both pommel and guard constructed of two flat hexagonal plates with a wide carved wood strip in between. Handle with chiseled finger grips and X-marks . Overall length, 18”. Scarce early dagger of large proportions in very good condition for its age, with pitting, lamination, and a nice age patina. Similar dagger of large proportions with hexagonal disc pommel and guard is illustrated in “European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London”, by Dufty, Plate 95d. Such daggers were often used to finish off wounded knights or exploit the weaknesses in armor. It is said that the army of Henry V dispatched many of the wounded French knights at the famous Battle of Agincourt in 1415 when they feared the French would renew the attack. This dagger dates to that period.