Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Knife handle

Knife handle

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Jasper, cut and polished using abrasives with the hole most probably being made using a bow-driven drill.

  • Museum number:

    01420(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This handle was made in India in the 19th century, with most of the fashioning process involving a combination of hand-working and the use of abrasive-charged discs that would have been turned on a bow-driven lathe. Decorative handles such as this would have been produced in large quantities, most probably for export to the European market.

Physical description

A polished handle of gently tapering rectangular form with stepped edges and with both ends cut square. The narrower end has a roughly ground, slightly recessed band and a longitudinal drill hole. Fashioned in opaque beige/brownish red/green jasper.

Place of Origin

India (made)

Date

c. 1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Jasper, cut and polished using abrasives with the hole most probably being made using a bow-driven drill.

Dimensions

Length: 89.3 mm 01420(IS), Width: 13.15 & 16.50 mm 01420(IS), Thickness: 8.05 & 10.60 mm 01420(IS), Width: 10.3 mm 01420(IS)

Object history note

This handle was made in India in the 19th century and was formerly in The India Museum in London. It was then transferred to the South Kensington Museum (later renamed The Victoria & Albert Museum) in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Room 8. Case .] '01,417 to 01,422. KNIFE HANDLES, six. Ground edges, variegated agate, &c.' (No slip numbers given.)

Descriptive line

Knife handle, opaque beige/brownish red/green jasper, cut and polished, drill hole in narrower end, India, 19th century

Materials

Jasper

Categories

Gemstones; Hardstone; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.