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Daggers

17th C. Polish Czekan or Obuch War Hammer. Battle of Vienna Period

17th C. Polish Czekan or Obuch War Hammer. Battle of Vienna Period

( ID: ea1277 )

A rare example of an early Polish war hammer called a czekan or obuch. The word itself "czekan" is originally Turkish but was known in the Polish language as early as 1621 likely through interaction with Ottoman Hungary, and is found mentioned in word, which found its way into Polish probably via Hungarian is already mentioned in Gregorz Knapski’s Thesaurus Polono-Latino-Graecus, first published in 1621 i Its metal part consists of a hammer-head (usually with a square face) on one side and an axe with a short, slightly curved blade on the other. An obuch also has a squar...

Price: $2,350
Exceptional 1930s Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang Presentation Dirk, Twist-core Damascus blade

Exceptional 1930s Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang Presentation Dirk, Twist-core Damascus blade

( ID: cd1279 )

An exceptionally rare 1930s Chinese Nationalist dirk made with a twist-core damascus blade.  This is the second such dagger we have had in our collection, see here for another sold in 2014, when our thinking was that it was an Inspector General's dagger due to the sheaves of wheat along the crossguard. However, since then our research indicates that due to the style of the lion along the spine and pommel which is close in form and type to that found on Nationalist General's Lion swords, coupled with the twistcore blade (of similar form found on the example sold by us in 2014)...

Price: $8,900
19th C. Ottoman Turkish Qama or Kindjal Dagger

19th C. Ottoman Turkish Qama or Kindjal Dagger

( ID: md1198 )

This is an interesting example of what is likely a Balkan origin Ottoman kindjal.  The overall form of the dagger, or short sword, is of a kindjal, while the brass crossguard indicates that it's origin is likely from the southern Balkan, possibly even Bulgarian region which had idiosyncratic forms of kindjals and qama short sword and daggers. The tubular form bone grip is of fine design, finer than is normal found on daggers of this origin, and inlaid with brass nails which form interesting designs including a heart with an arrow through it and a bird. The blade is of powerful form,...

Price: $1,250
Rare Southern Iraq or Persian Presentation Jambiya Dagger, niello silver mounted

Rare Southern Iraq or Persian Presentation Jambiya Dagger, niello silver mounted

( ID: md1189 )

This is one of the more interesting daggers we've had. It's form is overall of an Arabian peninsula jambiya, but the heavy and substantial size of the dagger and the solid silver fittings with niello decoration point to Southern Iraq or Persian workmanship. The niello decoration of marsh scenes are some of the finest we've seen on a dagger of this period which dates to the 1920s-1940s.  The inscription on the dagger notes that it was presented to a "Col. M.V. Bates" of the U.S.A in 1940.  It is likely that Colonel Bates was in the OSS and on mission in the region, especially at a ...

Price: $2,599
Gorgeous 17th C. Deccan South Indian Rock Crystal Dagger with thick armor piercing wootz blade

Gorgeous 17th C. Deccan South Indian Rock Crystal Dagger with thick armor piercing wootz blade

( ID: ia1116 )

An early and powerful South Indian Deccani khanjar. This is a rare example of south Indian form which can be seen by the recurving and multi-fullered armor piercing blade with traces of Vijayanagar style in the fullering (i.e. multi-fullered south Indian katars).  The pistol grip rock crystal grip is in exceptional condition with no chips or losses and of crystal with almost no inclusions, except for several tell-tale lines.  The blade is of exceptional form, thick and re-curved with a square sectioned armor piercing tip. The blade displays a fine wootz pattern which can...

Price: $6,400
Fine 18th C. Southern Indian Deccan Tribal Tabar Axe

Fine 18th C. Southern Indian Deccan Tribal Tabar Axe

( ID: ia928 )

A fine example of a known type that can be attributed to south India, possibly Tanjore or Mysore. This example has a finely forged and sculptural axehead inlaid with brass decoration.  The counter spike is finely formed with a scaled form and upswept square stepped form.  The handle is fine red wood mounted with brass rosettes and an iron reinforcing rod. Overall length is 22", axehead is 7" in length. ...

Price: $1,900
19th C. Maori New Zealand War Axe Toki Kakauroa or Turipou Circa 1845-1872 Maori Land Wars

19th C. Maori New Zealand War Axe Toki Kakauroa or Turipou Circa 1845-1872 Maori Land Wars

( ID: ka692 )

A fine and early example of a 19th C. circa 1845-1872 Maori war axe. These were the favored weapons of the feared Maori warriors during the attempted consolidation of the North and South Island by the British during the Maori Land Wars of. These examples were called Toki Kakauroa or turipou and were related other Maori war clubs and axes pouwkenua, tewhatewha, taiaha, and patiti. This example has a fine but aged axe head with the remains of the European or English trade maker name. The finely grained and patinaed haft is made of dark hardwood with some attractive carving at the top o...

Price: $1,800
Fine 19th C. Norwegian Scandinavian Walrus and scrimshaw knife or dagger

Fine 19th C. Norwegian Scandinavian Walrus and scrimshaw knife or dagger

( ID: ed659 )

A very beautiful made and carved Norwegian knife. This example likely dates to the late 19th C. and is covered in beautiful crafted scrimshaw. The handle and scabbard were carved from a walrus tusk and the inner part of the tusk can be seen at the carved crown pommel.  There is a small crack at the top of the scabbard, but the entire piece is structurally sound. Likely a high quality whaler's example. Overall length is 9". ...

Price: $2,599
19th C. French Naval Dirk Dagger

19th C. French Naval Dirk Dagger

( ID: ed538 )

A truly fantastic early naval dirk. The design and the quality of the work is the best I've seen on naval dirk. It is mounted with an all iron scabbard which perfectly fits the dagger and is of a very unique design. The handle is wood panelled mounted in iron and the quillons are in the shape of anchor ends. The entire handle is shaped like an anchor and is very pleasing to the eye, and also holds very well in hand. Likely a custom made dirk for a naval officer, by the quality of the work and the design it is likely French, 1840-1860 period. Length - 14", blade - 8.75" ...

Price: $3,499
Fine 19th C. Norwegian dagger maker marked

Fine 19th C. Norwegian dagger maker marked

( ID: ed532 )

A very example of a 19th C. Norwegian dagger in the traditional style with an interesting uncommon crossguard. The blade is maker marked to I Revelin and Lars / Bergen. The scabbard has a finely aged brass chape, and is mounted in grey sharkskin of pleasing appearance. Overall length is 13 1/2", with an 8" blade. ...

Price: $899
Magnificent 19th C. Spanish Ear Dagger in 15th C. Moorish style, Toledo work of Zuloaga type

Magnificent 19th C. Spanish Ear Dagger in 15th C. Moorish style, Toledo work of Zuloaga type

( ID: ed492 )

A truly magnificent antique ear dagger. This example has a fine gripand is covered in silver and gold koftgari of very fine quality. A very beautiful dagger and almost impossible to find at all in any condition much less this quality.  Dates to the 19th C. and likely composed by the finest toledo smiths in the classical spanish Moorish style typical of the finest Eusebio Zuloaga work. Overall length is 16", 10" blade, 2 3/4" from ear to ear ...

Price: $14,999