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Dagger: O.143-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




With two steel blades, both double edged and double curved curves, with a low medial ridge and slightly hollow ground. The steel hilt is formed of a loop, formed as a U-shaped langet with fleur-de-lys-shaped terminals at either end joined to each blade with two rivets with brass washers, the two by the hilt at the outside large rosette washers. There is a narrow grip curved for the hand, and a broad guard round the outside with cusped and scalloped outer edges embossed ridges, and a slot down the centre. At the rear are two riveted decorative finials. The hilt retains its original lining of leather covered with red fabric (cotton?). The hilt is patinated, one blade polished bright the other chemically blued, the edges and ridge polished bright


History note: From Ganjam. Probably from Tanjore arsenal

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 18.8 cm
Overall Length: 28.5 cm
Weight: 202 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century
Circa 1800 CE - 1879 CE

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 143
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.143-1879
Primary reference Number: 159909
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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