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Left-Handed Dagger or "Main Gauche"

Left-Handed Dagger or "Main Gauche"

c. 1650

Steel, pierced and chiseled

Support: Pierced and chiseled

Overall: 57.2 cm (22 1/2 in.); Blade: 44.4 cm (17 1/2 in.); Quillions: 25.4 cm (10 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.699

Description

Daggers, like the one displayed here, have been misleadingly called "left-handed daggers" even though they could be held in either hand. The guard is richly decorated with chiseled and pierced arabesques.

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