Rare Indian Mughal dagger up 2,516% on estimate in New Jersey


2015-06-26 12:59:34


Rare Indian Mughal dagger up 2,516% on estimate in New Jersey

A jewel encrusted Indian Mughal dagger such as this is rarely seen at auction

Paul Fraser Collectibles,Friday 21September 2012

A rare Mughal-era, jewel-encrusted dagger from Northern India has topped a September 15-16 estate sale in New Jersey.

Indian Mughal daggerA "glorious example of human endeavour"

The remarkable piece was likely produced in the 18th to 19th century by the Kanhjar people, a nomadic group found in North India and Pakistan. It boasts a quillon, grip and pommel all made from gold, which are set with cabochon rubies, emerald and diamonds. The blade is made from finely worked Damascus steel.

A stunning piece, the dagger sold for $314,500, achieving an outstanding 2,516% increase on its $12,000 high estimate.

The buyer commented: "Beautifully crafted and decorated daggers such as this only come to auction once in a collector's lifetime. When I laid eyes on it, I immediately recognized not only the sheer beauty of its form, but also its undeniable historic and cultural significance."

"To think that centuries ago a fabulously wealthy and powerful Mughal Emperor or Indian Maharajah may well have owned this glorious example of human endeavour instils in me a deep sense of privilege and honour. Indeed, it is an incredible feeling to be the latest custodian of this elegant and rare weapon."

In April 2008, Bonhams sold a gold dagger that was owned by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan -the man who built the Taj Mahal -for $2.72m. Find out more with our top five most expensive antique weapons.

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