The Wallace Collection

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Kard with scabbard
  • Kard with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Delhi and Jaipur, India
  • early 18th century
    2nd half of 19th century (Sheath mounts)
  • Jade, gold, table diamonds, emeralds and rubies, enamel, steel, wood and velvet, damascened and pierced
  • Length: 28.1 cm
    Weight: 0.12 kg, without scabbard
  • OA1387
  • Oriental Armoury
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Further Reading
  • The hilt of this knife is of jade set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, mounted in gold. The fittings of the scabbard are equally rich, being of gold, enamelled and jewelled en suite with the hilt. The blade, damascened in gold, is of the finest ‘watered’ steel. The overall concept and design demonstrate a high degree of taste, artistry and skill; particularly admirable is the way in which the locket of the scabbard is pierced, revealing the decoration of the knife-hilt even when the knife is fully scabbarded. Acquired from the collection of Anatole Demidoff, Prince of San Donato in Florence, the catalogue entry in his 1870 Paris sale describes this piece as having belonged to Tipu Sultan.