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Title Thames river-find dagger chape
Nationality European
Period 16th century
Price £20.00

This bronze chape (3cm across at the top) would have been the bottom mount of a scabbard, probably for a dagger, typically one of the classic left-hand daggers so often seen on portraits of the period with the pommel peeping out on the other side to that of the rapier. Decoration on 17th-century pieces tends to be much simpler.

Scabbard elements from 16th-century daggers simply didn't survive in any quantity, so river-find material is often the only evidence of what they looked like.

It has been cleaned, using acid or a wire mop perhaps, but some of the original river deposit is still within the piece. The condition is otherwise as you would expect from a river-find piece, but there is also a 1cm crack to the face of the chape.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Edged Weapons : Dirks : European : 16th Century]

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[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Holster arrived on Saturday. Fantastic service, thanks a lot.

L P, UK, 26.05.2008

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