Object Title

Knife (kard) and scabbard

Knife (kard) and scabbard



Object Number



Acquired before 1859.

Physical Description

The hilt is a tapering cylinder of dark lapis lazuli that widens towards the top and has a narrow flat on the cutting edge side. It is fitted into a narrow collar of metal decorated with small cabouchon turquoises. There is a silver bolster below which the blade has a few piercings. The blade proper shows that it is of wootz steel. The scabbard is of wood with a silver chape and locket, the space between being covered with red velvet. There is a panel on each face, joining the chape and locket, covered with turquoise beads in columns.


Dimensions: The length of the blade is 212 mm, the overall length of the knife being 343 mm and the length of the scabbard being 292 mm. Weight: The weight of the knife is 0.184 kg, that of the scabbard being 0.088 kg.

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.321, p. 107.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.70, p. 28.