Lot 164. A Mughal or Ottoman shagreen and gem-set hilted dagger and scabbard, India or Turkey, 18th-19th century; 30cm. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.
the slightly curved watered-steel blade with openwork horizontal central ridge and gold decoration comprising palmettes and inscriptions to each side, the hilt covered in green-stained shagreen set with gilt mounts containing pink gemstones, scabbard with en-suite decoration and gem-set jade terminal, bespoke velvet case.
split across either side of the blade's forte:
nasrun min Allahi, wa fat'hun qarib
'Help from Allah and a victory near at hand'
An almost identical example is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, inv. no.36.25.1003a, b.
Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, London, 25 Apr 2018, 10:30 AM