Indian Daggers – Objects Of Beauty

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The Princely rulers of India were noted for the opulence and extravagance with which they led their lives. The possession of beautiful objects made from the most precious of materials was a display of both wealth and power. Images abound of these rulers draped with the finest pearls, diamonds, emeralds and rubies assembled into some of the finest jewellery the world has ever seen.

Naturally this extravagance extended to the personal weapons carried by these individuals and here we have a selection of some of the finest Indian edged weapons that we have seen in a long time. Primarily jade handled, the curve bladed daggers or ‘Khanjar’ as they are known in India, are set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, the stones in fact set in place with fine gold.  One dagger has very fine pearls set into the blade which is most unusual and each of the blades is decorated with fine gold damascene work.

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One all steel dagger or ‘Kard’ is fully damascene embellished including the hilt which forms the shape of a bird with rubies for eyes.  The quality of craftsmanship is superb as you would expect from the very finest workers of the day, engaged by the great families of India. You can now appreciate where some of the creative influence for the ‘India’ rifle came from and why we chose to inlay precious stones.

6 thoughts on “Indian Daggers – Objects Of Beauty

  1. Trigger

    Fabulous ‘Khanjar’ daggers, historical artefacts from another world, each and everyone so exquisite, I particularly covet the one in photo two, the jade horses head it’s so understated yet so beautiful.
    I also love the all steel dagger or ‘Kard’ the hooded falcon, again exquisite the embellishments superb, no wonder they inspired ‘Westley Richards’ ‘India’ rifle.

    Inspirational post so different from the norm!

    Regards. Peter.

      • Dear Trigger

        Thank you for your time and response.

        Just a thought, the jade ‘horses head’ dagger, could this have inspired the pair of 16g ‘Arab Horse’ shotguns that were displayed at the Shooting Show along with the ‘Lion gun’, ‘India gun’, or am I barking up the wrong tree, probably am, but I’m sure you will correct me.

        I wonder what will be next to surface from the depths of ‘Westley’s’ vaults?
        I suppose that’s what keeps ‘The Explora’ so compulsive, the surprise!

        Kind Regards. Peter.

        • Hi Peter

          The horses head dagger just happens to be a coincidence. The Arab Horse guns were based on the owners own horses.

          We will keep on plundering the vaults and hopefully bring up a few more surprises as time goes on.

          All the very best


  2. Very interesting to see a non-firearm post, and the more so because this is a field that I work in – though I seldom see the like of these in terms of quality! Are these part of your collection at Westley Richards? They seem comparable with the examples ones seeks in such prestigious museums as the Wallace Collection in London. Anyway – great post

    All the best


    • Hi Ned

      They form part of a private collection and are wonderful examples. Great workmanship.

      Best regards


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