Dagger and sheath

Object Number: 
1940.56ab
Date: 
1850-1880
Medium: 
Steel, other metal, wood, leather
Dimensions: 
Overall: 20 x 2 1/2 x 1 in. ( 50.8 x 6.4 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Dagger with double-edged steel blade that is diamond-shaped in cross-section and decorated with symbols (such as skull and crossbones, six-pointed star with an eye at center, crossed key and ladder, triangle, trowel, etc.) in bluing on obverse and reverse; thorn-shaped cross quillons (two on each side); hardwood handle carved with fan motif; brass pommel in the form of a skull; leather scabbard with white metal throat and middle band, each with one small carrying ring.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this dagger was used in Masonic ceremonies.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Augustus Van Horne Ellis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group