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Title Moghul kard, silver mounted
Nationality Indian
Period c 1850
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This late Moghul dagger from the final years of the dynasty, before it was overthrown in the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny (1857/58), was almost certainly brought back as plunder from the Sikh wars of the 1840s or the Mutiny.

It could also be a product of one of Ranjit Singh's armourers, the lion motif being common to both Sikh and Moghul traditions.

The 10" blade is of Wootz steel and is struck with an armourer's mark. It is in good shape for its age.

The scabbard appears to have the original red velvet (now somewhat faded). The mounts are worked up from plate and, although damaged (a crack in the chape and some missing filigree work to the edges of both elements), are of high quality. The lion's eyes on the hilt are cabochon cut rubies set in gold mounts. There is a compartment in the hilt, accessed by removing the lion head, perhaps for opium or gold coins? The lion head also appears to be worked up from plate (as opposed to a casting).

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Edged Weapons : Dirks : Indian : 19th Century]

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My Arisaka arrived at 9.00am. Very prompt delivery and excellent packaging! The blade is superb.. and just what I was after, its in very fine condition and just as you described.. I've referenced it in my copy of Raymond La Bar's book "Bayonets of Japan".

Many thanks, Chris, once again its been a pleasure doing business!

S A, UK, 14.08.2012

Having had time to have a relax and a good look at the brooch, am very pleased with it, many thanks for sending it on promptly and safely. Will keep an eye on the site.

G B, UK, 13.02.2010

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