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Misericorde Dagger, Stiletto, French or Italian ca. 1550
The misericorde (derived from the French word meaning "mercy") was a long slender dagger used to finish off a wounded knight or to exploit the weak spots in armor. This example features a steel guard with openwork acanthus-form quillons; quillon block with integral ferrule to accept the carved hollow horn grip. Curved steel pommel cap. Slender 12" armor-piercing blade with strong medial ridge running down both sides, with fuller on either side of the ridge (forging flaw on one side). Horn grip showing small cracks and insect damage, but does not detract from the piece. Overall length, 16-1/8".
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