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Dagger handle

Dagger handle

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Modelled in wax on a wood spindle

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a model for a dagger-handle, in wax, on a wood spindle. It is designed by Alfred Stevens in the 19th century.
A sculptor, designer and painter, Alfred Stevens (1817/18- 1875) rejected contemporary distinctions between fine art and design. From 1850 to 1857 he was chief designer to Hoole & Co., Sheffield, where he produced award-winning designs for metalwork, majolica, terracotta ornaments and chimney-pieces.

Physical description

Nude boys struggling with a fish; above is an upright figure holding a tree stem.

Place of Origin

England (made)


19th century (made)


Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Modelled in wax on a wood spindle


Length: 10.47 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Mrs Ada Gamble, 12 Stanlake Villas, Shepherd's Bush.

Descriptive line

Dagger-handle, wax on wood, English, by Alfred Stevens, 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Stannus, H. Alfred Stevens and his Work, London, 1891, pl. XXI


Wax; Wood

Subjects depicted

Stem; Fish; Nude boys; Figure, human




Sculpture Collection

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