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Antique Ceylonese Sinhalese dagger Piha - kaetta 17th c

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Antique Ceylonese Sinhalese dagger Piha - kaetta 17th c
Antique 17th - 18th century Ceylonese Sinhalese nobleman dagger (piha-kaetta). A single edged robust steel blade with fuller along the back edge, the forte and spine of the blade are heavily encrusted in silver with scrolling foliage, encased on each side with engraved brass panels, over the base decorated with scrolling foliage, and a finely carved horn grip retained by a pair of rivets, with elaborately shaped and engraved small plaques, fitted with a chased brass pommel cap, in its original fluted hardwood scabbard with brass locket.
REFERENCES:
1) “A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor” by George Cameron Stone
2) Armi E Armature Oriental by Gianni Vianello
CONDITION: The blade is with traces of old corrosion.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length in the scabbard: 36 cm (14 1/8 in).

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