Dagger and sheath
Steel, other metal, wood, leather
Overall: 20 x 2 1/2 x 1 in. ( 50.8 x 6.4 x 2.5 cm )
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.
According to the accession records, this dagger was used in Masonic ceremonies.
Gift of Mrs. Augustus Van Horne Ellis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.