Antique Indo Persian Wootz Dagger Kard
An 18th century fine Damascus-steel Persian dagger (Kard). An ivory hilt mounted with a silver collar with a tapering single edged fine Damascus-steel (wootz) blade with ribs at the back and a kened point designed for piercing chain mail. The forte is inlaid on each side with cusped gold panels containing two ducks, the back of the blade is decorated in good foliage. The overall length in the scabbard is 41 cm (16 1/8 inches) Condition: Age cracks in the ivory hilt, otherwise in good condition in its original wooden leather covered scabbard. References: 1) Orientalishe Sammlung Henri Moser-Charlottenfels. 2) Islamic Arms Victoria & Albert Museum by Anthony North 3) Edged weapons in the collection of the Russian Museum of Ethnography. 4) Les Armes Orientales by Jaroslav Lebedynsky.
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