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JG Elmslie
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PostPosted: Fri 14 Feb, 2020 2:40 pm    Post subject: for sale: A gunner's Rondel Dagger; German or Flemish c.1490         Reply with quote

I hope this will interest, or tempt a few people, just finished and available right now:

Loosely based on an example of a multi-part hilt rondel dagger in the collection of the Legersmuseum, Delft, published in JP Puype's "Arms and Armour of Knights and Landsknechts" (2010), this is entirely hand-worked, pierced and engraved brass hilt parts compromising of an octagonal upper rondel engraved with a depiction of St Barbara (The patron saint of gunners and siege engineers), based on a German engraving by Israhel van Meckenem in the collection of the British Museum (Museum number 1843,0513.213 ), and an offset octagonal lower rondel with extended and down-turned tab for wear on the hip, pieced with a quatrefoil motif repeated on the sheath parts.

The wooden hilt components are of c.4000-year old bog oak, and the hilt is attached to the hand-forged and ground blade of EN42j carbon steel by a hidden internal pein plate. .

the sheath is of two-layer vegetable-tanned leather, the outer of high-grade Italian horse-hide, the inner of skived calf hide. The back seam is glued, rather than sewn, a detail which can be seen on a number of original sheaths from this period, and the hexagonal section chape and collar are both hand-formed from brass sheet brazed with silver solder (for the seams) and traditional lead-tin solder for the fixtures.

Given the degree of complexity in the hilt, this item is available at 600 GBP, plus shipping.

Length (in sheath) 340mm,
Blade length 211mm, Grip length (inside rondels) 96mm.
Weight: overall, 228g, blade only, 180g

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PostPosted: Fri 14 Feb, 2020 3:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Heart attack!

Fantastic, James!

- Jon


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