Object Title

Dagger (chura)

Dagger (chura)



Object Number



Presented by the Indian Government, 1863. From the Indian disarmament of 1859.

Physical Description

The hilt, of horn scales fastened by three iron rivets to the tang of the blade, butts against a brass bolster. At the pommel the tang extends into a small knop piereced with a hole. The blade is long, single edged and tapering, having a short riccasso next to the bolster. The scabbard is of wood covered with black leather sewn down the centre line of the back with brass wire. There is a crude brass collar punched with dots and fitted with loops on each side of the scabbard that carry the remains of a belt. Another portion f the belt is fastened spirally around the scabbard by tacks.


Dimensions: The overall length of the sword is 1045 mm, the blade being 820 mm long. Weight: The weight of the sword is 0.935 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Afghanistan

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad214, p. 7.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.30, p. 23.