While this dagger is unsigned (as were most of Leygebe’s works), it exhibits the intricate openwork chiseling he was noted for. The steel hilt is fashioned in 3 pieces, with guard and pommel featuring an intricate openwork design of intersecting knots and chain links. The tapering waisted grip of oval section comes with vertical fluting and turned balusters top and bottom.
It is presented in its original wooden and velvet scabbard with steel mounts chiseled ensuite; the velvet threadbare and faded, with sections of original red color on reverse in protected areas. Diamond-section 9 1/4” blade with long tapering point and large ricasso, stamped on one side with a shield-shaped maker’s mark.
Gottfried Christian Leygebe worked primarily in Nuremburg and Berlin between 1630 and 1683.
He was considered the master metal chiseler of the period and once boasted that he could take a solid block of steel and fashion it into anything the client wished.
His work was highly sought after and he was patronized by the Great Elector of Brandenburg, Friedrich Wilhelm (1620-1688).
While certain motifs can be found in different examples of Leygebe’s work, no two known specimens are alike.
1. Dawn \ 2. Flow like Water \ 3. Lady in the Water \ 4. A Princess \ 5. Labor of Love \ 6. Romantic Flight \ 7. I’ve Seen Hell \ 8. Wandering Jane \ 9. On Top of The World \ 10. Morning Passages \ 11. An American Affair \ 12. Arwen’s Vision \ 13. A Game Of Cricket \ 14. And Just Like That \ 15. Future Vessel \ 16. Finding Beauty \ 17. Paperman \ 18. Love Theme (Merlin)