Antique Italian Stiletto C.1630 Dagger
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Antique Italian Stiletto C.1630 Dagger:
The stiletto evolved from the Gothic daggers as a clandestine and largely despised weapon of the lower classes and criminal element. This example embodies everything that gave the stiletto its reputation. Its small proportions allow for easy concealment. The 8” triangular section blade is made for thrusting only and too small for any defensive use. Therefore, its sole function is to deliver the single unexpected death thrust. Targeting the back assured its secret was kept until the last possible moment. The wire wrapped grip, a scaled down version of a rapier grip, maximized purchase in what must have been a nerve wracking function. This example retains its crisp detail including a maker’s mark to the blade. The hilt and blade show light to medium pitting with black staining and a few edge nicks. Photos
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