Antique 18th century Indo Persian Dagger Kard
DETAILS: A sturdy tapering singleedged Damascus steel Wootz blade with a ladder pattern, with a thickened point designed to break armour. A large shaped panel on each side of the forte carved with arabesques around similar panels with gold inlaid Arabic inscriptions. A ridged spine adorned at the forte by a panel of arabesques and two cartouches with gold inlaid inscriptions. The hilt is in the characteristic style with bone grips-scales retained by four rivets and enclosed by silver straps engraved with a fine floral pattern.
CONDITION: The gold inlaid is partly worn out, one of the ricasso steel facing is most likely a later replacement.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length: 40 cm (15 3/4 in).
REFERENSES: An almost identical to this one 18th century Persian dagger Kard is published in the Sotheby's catalogue Persian & Islamic Art: The Collection of the Berkeley Trust London, 12 October 2004. Page: 125.Lot 100 .Priced GBP 4000-6000: Euro 6000 -9000. This price is from 5 years ago
Similar daggers are in the famous Henri Moser collection of Islamic Arms and Armour in Charllotenfels, Switzerland Orientalische Sammlung Henri Moser, Charlottenfels, im Bernischen historischen Museum. Also in The Nasser D.Khalili Collection of Islamic Art The Arts Of War by David Alexander .Page 142-143.FIG 83