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Punch dagger first half nineteenth century

RCIN 11284

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Punch daggers, known as katars, were designed for close combat. They take their name from the way they are used, being held with an upright fist gripping the double crossbars. This dagger’s gold hilt is inlaid with rubies, emeralds and diamonds arranged to form a floral pattern. The quality of the gemstone setting is in the style of early eighteenth-century Mughal work.

The blade is inscribed with a dedication to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). The dagger was given to him during his tour of India in 1875–76 by Ranjit Singh, Raja of Ratlam.