A fine and unusual C.1800 North Indian Ram's Head Short Sword with two-piece, cast brass decorative hilt and curved, clip point, double-edged blade. The crossguard has a distinctive downswept profile. Is of a type carried both in Persia and Northern India from the 18th through to the 19th Century. The brass hilt would have been manufactured in two pieces and welded together - a seam line can be seen along the top and bottom of the grip backstrap.
Effective close-quarter edged weapon
The dagger would have been very effective as a close-quarter, slashing weapon. The detail to the ram's head pommel is very good. In good overall condition with some consequent age peppering and wear to the blade. Blade length is 17 inches (22 inches overall). It is interesting to note that in recent years this style of Indian dagger has been reproduced so buyers need to be aware of what is out there in the market - this dagger is 100% authentic.
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