By Andy Khouri
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Gold Gilt Kindjal Dagger
- Dated: 20th century
- Culture: Russian
- Place of Origin: Europe
This rare Russian Kindjal dagger is covered in gold gilt with silver niello inlay on the reverse. These traditional weapons of the Cossack served as both an essential side arm and a fashion accessory. In the last volatile decades of Russian Imperial rule, the Kindjal became even more important than ever for personal protection. Due to its double-edged, broad blade design, the Kindjal was well-suited as a close combat weapon.
Such artistically executed Kindjals were an integral part of traditional Russian dress that originated with the Eastern Slavic Cossack peoples, a segment of the Caucasus, who were known for their impeccable military skills. The Cossack migrated from areas of Georgia and southern Russia to escape religious and political persecution, and banded together in small settlements for protection.
Under the Tsars, the Cossack were allowed great autonomy in exchange for military service and protection of the Russian frontier regions. Many of their customs, including their dress and weaponry, including the Kindjal, were accepted by mainstream culture. Even the Tsars were known to wear the traditional black long robe with the Kindjal worn on the side, an ensemble which is still worn by Cossacks today.
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- Dated: partly 16th century
- Culture: German
- Measurements: blade 121.5cm. Overall length 145.8cm
With a long rapier blade inlaid with linear ornaments and brass scrollwork on one face, the sword is stamped with a series of letters and small marks within the fuller on each face at the forte. The blackened iron hilt of robust rounded bars is formed in the manner of mid-16th century, comprising S-shaped horizontal quillons with large button terminals.
The quillons are joined at their root to a symmetrical slotted inner- and outer-guard with lobated edges. The forward quillon is branched to form a knuckle-guard extending to the mid-point of the grip and in turn joined by a diagonal bar to the outerguard. The sword has a moulded leather-covered grip of hand-and-a-half size and large pommel matching the quillon terminals.
Quartz Hilted Dagger
- Dated: 17th Century
- Culture: Indian
- Medium: steel, quartz
The straight steel dagger has a central ridge embossed at the forte in the form of a palmette while the waisted rock crystal hilt features carved flutes and leaf designs carved into the pommel.
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