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Bichawa Mughal Dagger

  • Dated: circa 1600
  • Culture: Indian, Mughal
  • Medium: steel, gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds

Although the provenance of this dagger is unknown, the dazzling quality alone tells it was made for a Mughal prince. The hilt is made of solid gold and is set with tiny diamonds, rubies and emeralds in a typical style for the Mughal court workshops during the first part of the 1600s.

The steel blade is decorated in a watered pattern and the lower guard has been made into the form of a tiger’s head. Unfortunately the original scabbard has not survived, but would have probably matched the dagger for its decadence.

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Wallace Collection

Awesome dagger. I can nearly see the downward stabbing motion.

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“George Washington suffered from poor dental health and spent his life in frequent pain, employing a variety of tooth cleaners, dental medicines, and dentures. Dr. John Baker fabricated a partial denture with ivory that was wired to Washington’s remaining real teeth. When Washington was inaugurated President in 1789, only one real tooth remained in his mouth.

“Dr. John Greenwood fashioned a set of dentures of hippopotamus ivory and gold wire springs and brass screws holding human teeth. Greenwood left a hole to accommodate Washington’s single tooth. When Washington finally lost this tooth as well, he gave it to Greenwood who saved this cherished item in a special case.

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