1709 kard dagger overall
Overall length

Sheathed 44 cm

Dagger 37.7 cm

Blade length

23.8 cm

Blade thickness

Base 5.5 mm

2 cm from tip 2 mm

Blade width

Base 28.5 mm

2 cm from tip 10 mm

Weight

Sheathed 618 grams

Dagger 359 grams

Materials

Iron, wootz steel, silver, gold, carnelian

Origin

Persian culture

Dating

Blade dated Hijri 1121

(May 13, 1709 - January 31, 1710.)

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Description

A large and early Persian kard dagger with a substantial wootz blade. Chiseled on the spine are a floral ornament and a precisely positioned center ridge. The steel bolster also seems to be of some crucible steel.

Hilt and scabbard are constructed of sheet metal, covered with silver wire, silver bands, and gilt silver plates that were decorated with circular elements in punched work. The scabbard is tipped with a solid silver finial. The pommel cap is domed and topped off with a carnelian stone.

 

Markings

The blade is marked on either side with Persian script, inlaid in gold.

Left side:

"The work of Mohammad Hossein, 1121"

Right side:

"Owned by Mohammad Ibrahim”

 

1121 Hijri started May 13, 1709, and ended January 31, 1710.

 

Attribution

Although the type of decorative work is the first and only one of its type I've seen, the all-metal construction of the scabbard, as well as the general form of hilt and scabbard points towards Central Asia, and the region of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in particular.

The chiseling at the back of the blade is more worn than the softer silver of the hilt and scabbard, which is an indication that the blade is older than the mounts. I think it's probably a 19th-century Central Asian remount of a Persian blade made in 1709.

 

Damage/restoration

A dent in the pommel was fixed, and the final at the end of the scabbard had broken and was re-attached. Both done by Karel Schermerhorn of Haarlemse Zilversmederij K.H. Schermerhorn.

 

Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709
Central Asian kard dated 1709

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