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knife 30,5 cm
scabbard 28 cm
bone , Persian black wootz, gold, copper
first half 19th century
UK art market
Here we have a near mint condition North Indian kard knife with scabbard. The blade is made of high contrasting wootz steel of Persian origin aka black wootz. The ferrule and back strap are decorated with scroll motifs applied in thick gold layers. The scale grips are made of bone. The scabbard is original and well made but the chape is a later addition. This knife has been well preserved by its previous owners. To be dated first half of the 19th century. Overall length of the knife 30,5 cm. scabbard 28cm. (The bottom picture merely to compare the item with a Persian kard dagger.)
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