An Anglo Indian dagger kard
An Anglo Indian dagger kard, the blade probably 17th century, the sheath English early 19th century. Blade of finest Khara Khorassan (very finely wrought gravel meander pattern of almost black steel, the pattern well defined) the forte gold damascened (Koftgari) with crouching tiger; flowers and foliage along back edge. Each side of the blade is slightly concave, and it measures just over 1½” (4.1cms) at its widest point. Walrus ivory grip. In its fine fish skin covered sheath with gilt copper mounts, the locket signed “Griffin & Adams Sword Cutlers to H.R.H the Duke of Clarence-76-Strand”.
Blade length 11¾” (29.5cms). Overall length 18” (46cms).
Griffin and Adams occupied 76, The Strand from 1796 to 1827. For an account on their business see L. Southwick, "London Silver-hilted Swords", Royal Armouries 2001.