Artist Italian
  • Parrying Dagger for the Left Hand
  • Main-gauche (alternate title)
Date mid-17th century
Medium Steel
Dimensions Overall: 22 × 11 1/2 × 3 inches (55.9 × 29.2 × 7.6 cm)
Overall (blade): 16 3/4 inches (42.5 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James S. Whitcomb
Accession Number 56.121
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View Great Hall W200, Level 2 (see map)
Marks Maker's mark, on blade: [unidentified]
Baron Frédéric Spitzer (Paris, France);
June 10-14, 1895, sold by (Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, France) lot 286;
Baron Louis Nathaniel de Rothschild (Vienna, Austria);
(Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York, New York, USA);
(Joe Kindig, Jr. & Son, York, Pennsylvania, USA);
Mr. and Mrs. James S. Whitcomb;
1956-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Catalogue des Armes et Armures Faisant Partie de la Collection Spitzer. Sales cat., Galerie Georges Petit. Paris, June 10-15, 1895, p. 31, no. 286.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles A. de Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries, Vol. IV. London, 1921, p. 94.

Cordera, Paola. La Fabbrica del Rinascimento: Frédéric Spitzer mercante d’arte e collzionista nell'Europa delle nuove Nazioni. Bologna, 2014, p. 388.