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Dagger eighteenth to nineteenth century

Watered crucible steel, jade, gold, garnets | 37.6 x 6.4 x 2.3 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11361

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Daggers were usually tucked into waist sashes so that the ornate hilts were clearly visible. The blade is made from watered crucible steel, which takes its name from the swirling, water-like pattern that forms when iron is melted in a crucible with carbon-rich vegetable material.