- 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
Indian Kard Dagger
- Dated: mid-19th century
- Measurements: overall length 35.2 cm
The grip of characteristic form is wrought entirely of silver and deeply engraved, while the straight, single-edged blade is forged of finely-grained wootz Damascus steel. It is presented in its velvet-covered wooden scabbard with large silver mounts, finely pierced, embossed and engraved en suite with the hilt.
Source: Copyright © 2014 iCollector
- Dated: circa 1850
- Place of Origin: Punjab Hills or Rajasthan
- Measurements: overall length 47.5 cm / 19 inches
Of one piece construction, the dagger is forged from wootz Damascus steel. The blade is chiselled with floral designs at the base with a tip strengthened for piercing armour. The hilt comes with gold damascened Koftgari decoration.
Source: Copyright © 2014 Peter Finer
Mughal Khanjar Dagger with rare Rock Crystal hilt and gold inlay
An 18th century Mughal Indian Khanjar Dagger with a scarce Rock Crystal hilt. This knife is of typical of the daggers in fashion by the Mughal Court and is of a form that dates to the later 17th century throughout into the early 19th century.
The pistol grip shape of the hilt was frequently carved of jade, crystal and other precious materials, this particular example is of substantial weight and probably dates to the 18th century. The hilt is carved from one piece of transparent Rock Crystal (known today as Quartz). The blade is of Persian style and is unsually thick and robust with greatly reinforced central ridge, it is secured to the hilt with dark resin or gum fixing.
The forte is embellished with deep chiselling into the steel and applied goldwork in designs of flower blooms. There does not appear to be any visible sign of watering to the surface of the steel. The crystal hilt has some blemishes and cracks, all holds very solidly. A wonderful display piece of this rare and fragile material. 16 inches long overall.
Source & Copyright: Ashoka Arts
Mughal Rock Crystal-Hilted Khanjar Dagger
- Dated: second half of the 18th century
- Measurements: Overall length 27 cm
Very finely carved, the pommel terminating in a fully-modeled horse’s head. The curved, double-edged blade has a central ridge, forged of silver-gray wootz (Damascus) steel.
Source & Copyright: Auction Flex
- Dated: mid-18th century
- Culture: Indian, Mughal empire
- Medium: rock crystal hilt; steel blade
- Measurements: overall: 13 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches (33.66 x 8.26 cm)
- Provenance: from the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Museum Associates purchase
Source: Copyright © 2014 LACMA Museum
13” X 19” print, numbered regular and variant colorway editions.