Antique 18th -19th century Islamic Indo Persian Dagger Zirah-bhonk
Antique 18th - 19th century Islamic Indo Persian, Central Asia or North India, dagger Zirah-bhonk. Details: Very well hand forged recurved single edged steel blade with thickened conical point and the sharp edge on the beveled back spine of the blade and finely chased on both sides with antelopes and lions amongst scrolls, tang with integral ferrule also chiseled with scrolls and antelopes ,fitted with grip-scales surmounted by two separately made and riveted to the tang winged pommel. In its original leather covered wood scabbard with large iron chape and locket. The thickened and beveled point of the blade it is used for piercing through the rings of a coat of chainmail.
"Zirah bouk" “Zirah bonk”. It is a Persian word meaning 'chain mail piercer.
1) “Indian Arms and armor, Vol. II” By Gayatri Nath Pant.
2) “A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor” by George Cameron Stone.
3) “Indian and Oriental Arms and Armour” Lord Egerton of Tatton
Overall length in the scabbard: 47.3 cm (18.62 inches)
Overall length without the scabbard: 36 cm (14.17 inches)
CONDITION: In good condition considering its age