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Old 11th August 2018, 07:40 PM   #1
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Default Small Enameled Knife... Russian, Ottoman...?

Here is a small decorative knife, perhaps a letter opener, souvenir or small utility knife. It seems to be old and relatively well made, with silver fittings decorated with enamel and gemstone inserts. It is of miniature dimensions: overall size is 7", the blade is 4" long. The shape resembles the Kindjal but the work is not typical Russian or Ottoman. Perhaps Eastern Europe? Does anyone recall seeing similar or have any suggestions on origin, age and purpose?
Many thanks in advance for any input and opinion.
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Old 12th August 2018, 01:41 AM   #2
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A very attractive knife IMHO.
I have no idea as to origin or age but some observations........
The hilt resembles, in shape at least, those on Kurdish daggers. The blade looks to be very functional, rather than for use as a letter opener. You do not say if the edges are sharpened, but if they are, then I would have thought that it was intended as a dagger of sorts.....maybe a ladies dagger for self protection, due to size.
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Old 12th August 2018, 07:45 AM   #3
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I think this is Hungarian. I have a book on Hungarian enamel work. When I find it will post examples.
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I think this is a European work in the style of the Daggers of the Ottoman Empire
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Old 14th August 2018, 10:55 AM   #5
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Thank you Stu, Tim, Mahratt
I agree, it is E.European dagger, likely Hungarian. The blade is functional and robust. I could not find any references of these being intended as small arms for women, children, etc. but it well could be.
Here is similarly sized (8" overall with 4" blade) small dagger identified as Austrian/Austro-Hungarian, with some similarities, especially the blue/white enamel.
Tim, please post similar enamelware if you'll find any in your Hungarian enamel book.
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Old 14th August 2018, 05:36 PM   #6
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I fear that small book went with the last clear out. I do not have a hoarder house and every clear out is uncomfortable.
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Old 15th August 2018, 04:20 AM   #7
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Hi Alex:

With the likely European origin of your knife, I think it may generate further discussion on the European Armoury forum. I'm transferring it over there to see if they can give you more info.

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