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Axes (tools): O.1-1904

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Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)




The steel blade is small, single edged and bearded, with a flat square back. It is covered with koftgari silver gilt foil punched with geometrical ornament. The shaft is formed of a round iron tube, also covered in koftgari silver gilt foil and punched with three bands of decoration, two geometrical, one floral, separated by mouldings. The bottom finial, a rounded baluster, unscrews to reveal a short knife bladed stiletto. At the top is a screw which holds the head in place, and a washer shaped like a lotus bud.

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Given by H.A. Chapman

Measurements and weight

Length: 535 mm
Weight: 815 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1904) by Chapman, Harry A.


19th Century
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1899 CE

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel Width 115 mm
Head Length 125 mm
Stiletto Length 215 mm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.1-1904
Primary reference Number: 176355
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 14 December 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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