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Date Made/Found: circa 1890
Material and Medium: steel Mother-of-pearl
Dimensions: Overall: 38 x 224mm (1 1/2 x 8 13/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 1961.220
This dagger was made by Charles Ibbotson & Co in Sheffield around 1890. It has a double-edged spearpoint blade and a decorated handle made from mother of pearl set into nickel. The blade has been etched with a decorative scroll design and the words: ‘Never draw me without reason nor sheath me without honour’. It became fashionable to inscribe or etch fighting knife blades with impressive slogans, and this was particularly true for items destined for the American market. This phrase is a translation of a motto that was popular on Spanish swords.
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