AUD $180.00
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Indian, Peacock Betel Cutter.

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A most appealingly designed double edged folding woman’s Betel Cutter, from India.

The two brass handles are cast to resemble peacocks and protect the small steel blade when closed, but can speedily be flicked inside out to produce a small knife for her self defence.
These were designed to be worn concealed, tucked into her clothing.

The more usual use was for cutting “Areca nut” to be mixed with lime and spices then wrapped in a “Betel leaf” to make the mildly narcotic chewing “pa’an”.

The brass has a mild patina and the blade has some mild oxidation.
I’d refrain from polishing this cutter, so that it can achieve its mature colour.

Sourced in Jodphur, Rajasthan in the mid nineties.

Age: 19th/Early 20th Century.

Size: L 100mm x W 40mm (closed) 204 mm (open)

Weight: 92 grams.