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Dagger and sheath

Dagger and sheath

  • Place of origin:

    Lucknow (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel with walrus-ivory gripshells, sheath with enamelled silver mounts.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Stokes in memory of her husband Sir Hopetoun Stokes, KCIE, CSI (ICS 1898-1935).

  • Museum number:

    IS.7&A-1969

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 22 []

The dagger hilt and the mounts on the scabbard are enamelled silver, in the style of Lucknow in the 18th century. The dagger was given by Lady Alicia Stokes in memory of her husband, Sir Hopetoun Stokes. The dagger had belonged to him, but Lady Stokes noted that she knew nothing of its history, or where he had bought it, but that it was acquired during his career in Government service in India, when he divided his time between Calcutta and Simla. He was a friend of Imre Schwaiger, and it is possible that the dagger was acquired from this renowned Delhi dealer.

Physical description

Steel with walrus-ivory gripshells; the sheath with enamelled silver mounts.

Place of Origin

Lucknow (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Steel with walrus-ivory gripshells, sheath with enamelled silver mounts.

Dimensions

Length: 33.1 cm Dagger, Length: 34.8 cm Scabbard, Width: 3.8 cm Dagger; greatest width, Width: 3.5 cm Scabbard: greatest width

Object history note

Given by Lady Stokes in memory of her husband Sir Hopetoun Stokes, Indian Civil Service 1893-1935.

Descriptive line

Dagger and sheath, steel with walrus-ivory gripshells; the sheath with enamelled silver mounts. Lucknow 18th century

Labels and date

DAGGER AND SCABBARD: Steel with walrus-ivory gripshells; the sheath with enamelled silver mounts. Lucknow 18th century [Room 41: 2001]

Materials

Steel; Walrus-ivory; Silver

Techniques

Enamelled

Categories

Arms & Armour

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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