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Misericorde Spanish Dagger, Circa 1520
This dagger was unearthed near Tampa Bay in the early 1960s. The 11 3/4 inch needle-point blade has a hollow ground cross-section. The crossguard with its triangular-shaped quillons and the pommel are both decorated with deep accent grooves. Long narrow daggers like this one are designed for thrusting, piercing and stabbing. The thin sharp point can fit through gaps in armor and penetrate leather or heavy fabric. This style of dagger was often used to deliver the death blow to a seriously wounded adversary, hence the name misericordia which is Latin for "mercy". (1).
Type: Quillon Dagger
Style: Misericorde, (la) "Mercy"
Country: Spain (?)
Overall Length: 16 3/8 inches
Overall Width: 2 3/8 inches
Hilt Length: 4 5/8 inches
Blade Length: 11 3/4 inches
Weight: 8 1/8 ounces
Grip: Missing

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(1) Blades of the Conquistadors
The Jack Williams Collection, American Digger Magazine, Nov-Dec 2006

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