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Axes (tools): O.2-1904

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Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)




The blade is heavy with a curved point; this section is double edged with a medial ridge, the rest straight an decorated in koftgari silver gilt with punched geometrical ornament. At the end of the blade is a carved elephant head, also covered in silver gilt. The haft is of formed of an iron tube with a knop by the elephant head, decorated in the same silver gilt punched ornament with three bands, two geometrical, one floral. The lotus bud finial unscrews to reveal a short, knife bladed stiletto.
The scabbard is of wood covered with red velvet, double curved and quite broad, with silver gilt throat and chape chased with scrolling foliage on a pearled ground. At the back of the throat is a small suspension loop.

Legal notes

Given by H.A. Chapman

Measurements and weight

Length: 625 mm
Weight: 655 g
Width: 65 mm

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1825 CE

Components of the work

Stiletto Length 195 mm
Scabbard Length 212 mm
Blade Width 195 mm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.2-1904
Primary reference Number: 176356
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 17 February 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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