art-of-swords:

Jeweled Medici Dagger

  • Dated: circa 1840
  • Measurements: overall length 11 3/8”, weight 176.5 grams

This one-of-a-kind ceremonial dagger is constructed entirely of fine silver with a pierced filigree hilt of exceptional quality and detail. The obverse is studded with 4 large emeralds (approx. 17.6 total carats), 133 smaller diamonds, ranging in size from approx. 1.5mm to 3.5mm (120 original rose-cut and 13 later full-cut), and mounted with a 7.5mm pearl on the pommel. The solid silver 6 3/8” blade features acanthus decoration at the forte and an inscribed name (illegible).

The central feature is a gold Medici Family crest, surmounted by a band of diamonds with gold border and crowned with a diamond-studded fleur de lis. The reverse is gilded and mounted with 5 cabochon-cut turquoise, 3.5mm to 5mm in diameter. One stone appears to be absent, but close examination of the setting shows it to be different than those holding the turquoise, indicating it was possibly a different gem. 

Source & Copyright: Antique Weapon Store

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