Object Title

Dagger (kindjal)

Dagger (kindjal)



Object Number



Transferred from the Royal United Services Institution, 1963, no. MR 9644. Presented to Brigadier General C.A.L. Graham in 1919 by Colonel Eristoff, commanding an irregular cavalry squadron fighting the Bolshevics at Archangel.

Physical Description

The blade is double edged, of flattened lozenge section with an offset fuller. Most of the blade is finished with fine transverse scratches, that part next to the fuller being polished with longitudinal marks to balance the appearance of the blade. The hilt is of ivory, secured to the tang by rivets with seven sided conical heads, the facets being decorated with scrolls in gold onlay.

The scabbard is of wood covered with black leather, with a leather loop for suspension. At the back of the scabbard is an inset panel of leather with linear tooling around the edges and blind stamped flowers and floral motifs. The chape button and locket are decorated with gold onlay. At the rear are double pockets for by-knives.


Dimensions: The overall length of the sword is 563 mm, the length of the blade is 431 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 0.5 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

Engraved 'Zekeri' (Zacharias ?), and dated 1325 AH on the blade.


Bibliographic References

L. Kalus, 'Inscriptions arabes et Persanes sur les armes musulmanes de la Tour de Londres' Gladius, XV, 1980, pp. 19-78, at p. 70.