Object Title

Dagger (khanjar)

Dagger (khanjar)



Object Number



Purchased Christies, 9 April 1863. From the Codrington collection.

Physical Description

The blade is curved and double edged with a narrow central fuller and a wider fuller on each side. It is connected to the hilt by a lobed iron bolster. The hilt is of dark blue glass, shaped with bulbous quillons below a swelling grip. The upper part of the hilt is shaped with a central blunt point flanked by lobes. The quillons and the lobes at the top of the hilt have been set with red stones, possibly cabouchon rubies, only three of which remain. There is floral engraving on either side of the grip.

The scabbard is of wood covered with red velvet and having a small gilt chape. The seams have been covered with gimp braid and there survives a small red cord ending in yellow tassels.


Dimensions: The length of the blade is 235 mm, the overall length of the dagger being 345 mm, the length of the scabbard being 266 mm. Weight: The weight of the dagger is 0.224 kg, the weight of the scabbard being 0.02 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Turkey

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. Ad.348, p. 11

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no.xv 734, p. 32


Codrington noted that it was from Asia Minor, 'used by men of rank among the Arabs'.