Eastern weapons create collections on the cutting edges

Edged weapons from the East dominated the summer sale at Thomas Del Mar (24% buyer’s premium) in London on June 27 and it was an old collection of Indian dress daggers that produced the highest prices.

The khanjar is a style of knife that originated in the Middle East and spread with the Mughal Empire to India, where gem-inlaid jade hilts became the norm. This finely worked jade has an appeal that extends well beyond the ordinary arms and armour fraternity and interest from works of art dealers meant there was plenty of competition for the best examples. Other plus-points were evident, as Thomas Del Mar observed: “The daggers in the collection were from an old princely family. ...