An extraordinary Anglo-African slave trader’s dagger c. 1800
An extraordinary Anglo-African slave trader’s dagger c. 1800, blade from an African tribal dagger. The hilt is copied from the original dagger by a Georgian cutler using ivory and gilt copper instead of wood. The mounts are engraved with laurel swags, and the crosspiece is engraved with trophies of arms. Contained in its leather sheath.
Blade length 11” (28cm) Overall length 18¼” (46.5cms)
The hilt form belongs to the Baule Tribe, from the east side of the Ivory Coast close to Ghana. I am grateful to Alain Schoffel, the renowned French expert, for providing details of the tribal origin of this dagger and of its geographic location.