Lucknow enamel kard
Overall length

Sheathed 33.5 cm

Dagger 29.2 cm

Blade length

18.8 cm

Blade thickness

Base 4.8 mm

Tip 2.6 mm

Blade width

Base 24 mm

Weight

190 grams

Point of balance

1 cm into hilt

Materials

Wootz steel, silver, wood, enamel, gold, leather

Origin

Lucknow, North India

Dating

19th century

Provenance

From a UK collecton

Price €15000, -

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Introduction

Lucknow in the early 19th century was India’s largest and richest city. One of its most famed products was Lucknow enamel. The designs were of landscapes, flowers or animals and executed in vibrant colors into silver or gilt silver.

 

Description

This kard dagger is a fine example of such work. The blade of boldly contrasting, high-quality wootz that is possibly imported from Persia. Of typical form for a kard with flat sides. There is a mark inlaid in gold on the blade on the left side, possibly a maker's mark. The peculiar mark looks like an R, with the vertical stroke being elongated and consisting of dots. Its probably a maker's

The bolster is decorated with flowers in gold overlay. The hilt has a full tang construction, with the gold overlay covering all exposed sides of the tang.

Heavy silver handle scales with remains of gilding are riveted to each side, engraved with designs of all sorts of animals, and enameled in vivid colors this work was known for. The hilt sinks deep into a wooden scabbard with enameled silver mounts and black pebble-grained leather.

 

Restoration history

Some of the enamel was missing when I got it, which I had professionally restored by Christine van der Ree of Amsterdam. The velvet came to me stripped bare with only fragments of its original dark blue covering. I had it re-covered by Gotscha Lagidse with black, pebble-grained leather often seen on fine kard scabbards. Both are very good craftspeople and this shows in their work.

 

Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger
Lucknow enamel kard dagger

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