Exceptional 19th C. Spanish Damascene Toledo Dagger, in the manner of Eusebio and Placido Zuloaga with Moorish designs (ID: ed1069)
Exceptional 19th C. Spanish Damascene Toledo Dagger, in the manner of Eusebio and Placido Zuloaga with Moorish designs
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An exceptional 19th C. Spanish damascene dagger. This is one of the larger left hand style daggers we've seen that is decorated in the Toledo style damascene which was pioneered by the Zuloaga family. The quality of this example is outstanding and rivals some of the finest Zuloaga work, found in the world's finest museums and private collections, and highlighted in the Khalili Collection publication Lavin, D., "The Art and Tradition of the Zuloagas: Spanish Damascene from the Khalili Collection," The Khalili
Family Trust, 1997
The decoration on the grip of this dagger is chiseled from a solid piece of steel, blackened and blued, gilded and inlaid with silver. Ther decoration displays sinuous vines of Moorish influence, a Native American face (typical of the finest Toledo damascene work of the 19th C. ), dragons at the crossguard, and gold on stipled background. The condition is superb with almost no losses of decoration.
The scabbard is made of iron and damacened with gold and silver, all of which remains in beautiful condition. The blade is etched and blued with gold decoration and marked "Fabrica de Toledo".
A large and quite heavy example 15" in length, 9 1/2" blade length.