Object Title

Dagger (chilanum, bank)

Dagger (chilanum, bank)



Object Number



Purchased Christies, 9 April 1863. From the Codrington collection. Probably from Seringapatam.

Physical Description

The hilt and blade are forged in one piece. The blade is curved and double edged, with a reinforced point and multiple, V-shaped fullers. The hilt has a shallow dish pommel surmounted by a spirally fluted knop, a slender grip with a spirally fluted knop at the centre, and a ribbed, conical guard with spherical terminals and a slender knuckle bow. The hilt is decorated with bands of scrolls in gold koftgari.


Dimensions: The overall length of the darre is 400 mm, the length of the blade is 282 mm. Weight: The weight of the dagger is 0.45 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.324, p. 11.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.804, p. 32.


Said by Codrington to have 'been used by northern Circars of Tippoo Sooltan's time'.