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Ballock dagger: HEN.M.302-1933

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Dagger of Balloak form, the hilt of wood. No pommel or cap, just rounded at the top. Very phallic in shape. The lobes are furnished with a deep ferrule of steel, with latten inserts, between them and the top of the blade, which is of very stout, back-edged triangular section, the faces hollowed.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 37.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


15th century
Circa 1450 - 1500


The grip does not belong: a restoration.

This type of dagger was common throughout Europe in the 15th century. They have a very sturdy blade of triangular shape, ideal for stabbing. The name comes from the form of the hilt which was thought to imitate male anatomy.

Western European, perhaps English or Flemish

Components of the work

Hilt: composed of wood (plant material) Length 12.5 cm
Blade, Lobes: composed of steel Blade: Length 25.5 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.302-1933
Primary reference Number: 19168
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 April 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 21 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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