art-of-swords:

Silver-mounted Dagger

  • Dated: 19th century
  • Culture: European
  • Measurements: overall lenght 64 cm

The dagger has a straight, double-edged blade with a ribbed tip and three fullers. The silver hilt features a grip worked as the in-the-round depiction of Heracles, wearing the skin of Nemean lion, while hitting a dragon with his dagger, the wings of the dragon consisting in the quillon. The dagger has a silver scabbard. The cap is worked as an architectonic structure with arch enclosing circles depicting portrait of a female figure (probably Athena) and a lion.

The central mount is decorated with two bas-relieved scenes, one depicting a sailing ship full of warriors holding their lance, the other a battle between heroes of classical epoch, one of them holding a big shield featuring a snake (the shield with Erichthonius snake was the symbol of Athena), under the two scenes a bas-relieved, grotesque figure, on the chape high-relieved owls between olive wreaths (other symbol of Athena). The surface of the scabbard features floral engravings.

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