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Khanjar Dagger

  • Dated: 18th century
  • Culture: Mughal
  • Place of Origin: India
  • Measurements: overall length: 15.5in (369mm). Blade length: 10in (254mm)

The highly polished and precisely formed hilt is of a milky coloured Agate. Set on either side of the upper side of the handle is a gold bezel with a stone (in kundan style - kundan keshri is a traditional form of Indian gemstone jewellery involving a gem set with gold foil between the stones and its mount) one side with a red stone (probably ruby) and the other a cabochon of a more purple colour.

The blade is very fine, forged from high quality and high contrast Wootz Damascus steel, nicely ground fullers, and a polished edge. It has a slightly swollen tip. There is thick gold koftagri decoration to the forte, where there blade is sandwiched between two pieces of steel in order to provide strength to the blade where it joins the hilt. 

Source: Copyright © 2014 Akaal Arms

art-of-swords:

Lacquered Giltwood Fencing Stick

  • Dated: circa 1780
  • Culture: Lucknow, India
  • Measurements: overall lenght 122 cm

The shaft is lacquered in gold on a brown ground with repeating lotus buds, surmounted by a carved wood hand rest decorated with a peri-peri on either side with floral background. The top of the hand rest is lacquered in polychrome with floral motifs on a red ground on an oval pommel.

Fencing was a traditional pastime in Lucknow. For another stick of similar form in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, see Rosemary Crill et al, Arts of India 1550-1900, London, 1990, p. 183, no. 158.

Source: Copyright 2014 © Bonhams

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