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Left-Hand Parrying Dagger or Short Sword, Circa 1530
This excavated Left-Hand Parrying Dagger or Short Sword, was reportedly found near the Rio Grande river in New Mexico. It may date from exploration of the area by Coronado 1540-1542 (1). The 5 3/8 inch hilt has a large scent-stopper shaped pommel, a curved cross-guard (quillon) and a ring guard (anneau) with a turned down finial. The 14 inch spear point blade has three grooves (fullers) on each side (2).
Type: Left-Hand Parrying Dagger
Style: Ring / Anneau (Fr)
Country: Spain (?)
Overall Length: 19 3/8 inches
Overall Width: 6 3/4 inches
Hilt Length: 5 3/8 inches
Blade Length: 14 inches
Weight: 1 lb 5 1/2 oz
Grip: Missing

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(1) The Journey of Coronado, 1540-1542
by Pedro de Castaneda de Nagera, Antonio de Mendoza, and Juan Camilo Jaramillo

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

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