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Punch dagger

Punch dagger

  • Place of origin:

    Lahore (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel, damascened with gold

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the India Museum in 1879

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Dagger with steel blade, decorated with v-shaped indents at hilt end. Arm guards and hand-grip damascened with inscriptions in gold. A narrow, deeply grooved quadrangular blade (armour piercing) with a steel hilt and sideguards covered with inscriptions in gold kuftkari.

Place of Origin

Lahore (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Steel, damascened with gold

Descriptive line

Dagger, with a narrow deeply grooved blade with an armour piercing tip, Sikh, Lahore, 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Egerton, Wilbraham, An illustrated handbook of Indian arms; being a classified and descriptive catalogue of the arms exhibited at the India museum: with an introductory sketch of the military history of India, London, 1880
Lord Egerton of Tatton, Indian and Oriental Armour, London, 1896, p. 131

Production Note

Transferred from the India Museum to South Kensington Museum in 1879. A Sikh weapon.




Arms & Armour; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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