Gold koftgari khanjar
Date: Late 19th Century / Early 20th Century
Size: 14 inches
A late 19th, early 20th century example of a Khanjar dagger also referred to as a Jambiya.
The steel hilt is decorated with gold Koftgari overlay in floral design. The Koftgari work is rendered in the style found in the Sialkot workshops, which may elude to the daggers provenance.
The strongly curved blade is forged of steel displaying a watered pattern in the “Faux Wootz” acid etch style, which is found on sword and dagger blades from North India in the late 19th and early 20th century.
The forte of the blade is chiselled in relief decorated with gold Koftgari overlay with crisp fullers leading to the swollen tip terminal of the blade.
An aesthetically pleasing dagger that comes complete with a leather over wood scabbard (not pictured).