Steel, gold, rubies, emeralds and diamonds
The term ‘punch dagger’ is derived from the action with which it is used, with an upright fist gripping the double crossbars. In this example the grips and side bars are made of gold, set with numerous rubies, emeralds and diamonds in floral and foliate settings in the style of early eighteenth-century Mughal work. The blade was specially etched with an inscription for presentation to the Prince of Wales. The Prince met the Maharaja of Rutlam on 9 March 1876 at the Residency at Indore, where he was the guest of the Maharaja Holkar of Indore.