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19th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Ox Bone Dagger




19th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Ox Bone Dagger.

Ox bone daggers were highly-prized during the Qing dynasty. Not only aesthetically pleasing and a decorative delight, these artefacts told deep cultural stories.

Both the dagger and sheath are made of beautiful ox bone with detailed scrimshaw. The dagger is endowed with a strong curved blade.

The dagger has detailed black scrimshaw on both sides of the sheath and handle. The scrimshaw features a multi-part scene of two females in an outdoor setting. Arrays of flowers, eagle heads and mythical lions make this dagger a true work of art. Brass hardware wraps the sheath and a brass ring protrudes from the lions’ mouths.

Boasting a history of usage, this dagger is a rare collectable.


  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Origin: China
  • Dynasty: Qing


  • Condition: Good condition with minor rust and character stains
  • Craftsmanship: Handmade
  • Material: Ox bone
  • Colour: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 37cm (total), 25.5cm (sheath), 21cm (blade), 11.5cm (handle)
  • Weight: 635g


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