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Dagger: O.92-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




The blade of steel is straight and double edged, cut down from an imported European broadsword blade. The hilt is formed of two plain hollow ground bars joined by a grip formed of two bars with central balusters, waisted at either side. At the front is a deeply curved concave bar attached to the blade by heavy langets terminating in multi-pointed finials, with three rivets. Two of these rivets also attach a plain, flat hand guard, which narrows to a curled end. The surfaces have been polished bright, except on the guard, and are pitted from the earlier corrosion, and stained


History note: From Ganjam. Probably from the Tanjore armoury, broken up in 1860 (see documentation Elgood 2004)

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 31.5 cm
Overall Length: 49.3 cm
Weight: 625 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by Taylor, Robert, MA


17th Century, Mid#
Circa 1640 CE - 1660 CE


Elgood (2004) records nothing quite so plain as this in his chapter on early katars, but compare the langets of 18 and 27 in fig. 15.1 p. 145

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 94
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

Inscription present: adhesive

  • Text: 94
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.92-1879
Primary reference Number: 158407
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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