Second half of the 19th century. One of a kind, but representative of the daggers made by Indian craftsmen for British officer’s and civil servants during the great Raj. Brass hilt with spirally fluted ivory grip set with twisted wires in chevron pattern. The cross guard as favored on naval dirks, above a “rainproof” scabbard seal. Black snakeskin (probably cobra) covered scabbard with brass mounts showing military influence. 10 ½” d.e. blade with ridge along one edge, full length, made of fine whorl pattern watered steel. A few isolated pitting speckles mixed with the graining of the steel.