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"Landsknecht" Dagger and Sheath


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A dagger of this type might be carried by a German "Landsknecht" or mercenary foot soldier (derived from "Knecht" meaning servant or farm hand) in the early 16th century. It served in the field both as a weapon and as a tool. The blade is inscribed on each side "I A N" between quatrefoils of punch marks; in addition, a maker's mark is impressed on the back. The blackened iron sheath contains as well a smaller knife (the blade bearing the mark of three small crosses) and a skewer for use in camp.
Provenance Zschille; Sale, London, 1897, no. 47; Henry Griffith Keasbey; Henry Griffith Keasbey Collection Sale, American Art Association, New York, November 29, 1924, no. 192; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions Inscribed: I A N.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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16th century (Early Modern)
Medium
steel (dagger); iron, wood, and leather (sheath)
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.527
Measurements
dagger: 2 7/16 x 10 1/2 x 1 13/16 in. (6.2 x 26.6 x 4.7 cm); knife: 9/16 x 7 5/16 x 3/16 in. (1.4 x 18.6 x 0.5 cm); sheath: 1 5/8 x 8 5/8 x 1 3/4 in. (4.2 x 21.9 x 4.4 cm)
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