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The 8th Lord Howard de Walden

Stiletto

Period:
17th Century
Description:

This dagger is not a military weapon.  It would have been carried by civilians as costume jewellery but would also have served for personal defence. The stiletto is so named as a diminutive for 'stilo', meaning dagger. The blade of the stiletto is characterised by a square, or more commonly, triangular cross-section, coming to a sharp point. It is used as a thrusting or stabbing implement, rather than for cutting.

Place of Production:
Northern Italy
Materials/Media:
steel
Dimensions:
290mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/D21
Digital Number:
EAAM017n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council