A fine and somewhat unusual specimen, with engraved brass mounts and hardwood grip.
Iron lockbox with key, decorated with the gold koftgari normally seen on arms.
A flaming skull that was once part of the crown of a Tibetan oracle.
This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
With square cross-section point and several Bikaner armory markings.
Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
With gold plated hilt and pattern welded blade.
Indian gauntlet sword with German blade made in Solingen.
From the P. Holstein collection, published in 1931.
Traditionally associated with Vishnu, it was an essential piece of equipment for the Sikh nihang.
With wootz blade, Marwari style hilt, and its original red velvet scabbard.
With Persian wootz blade, engraved at forte with floral designs.
Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
A fine Marwari talwar presented to the Dewan (chief minister) of Bikaner in 1756 A.D.
A matched set of lacquered leather, finely decorated with gradient colors and black and gold detailing.
A 16th hooded katar with the wide, ribbed blade that is characteristic for this period.
An unusually ornate iteration of the design, intended for Hindu ceremonies.
An early example, late Vijayanagara empire, with a fine wootz spatulate blade.
With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
A set for the beginning collector.
A 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
This style was worn by nobles and senior officials.
Made with two antelope horns and an iron shield.
With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
Never mounted, still with the shop's wooden stopper.
The best of its kind known to me, with silver overlay and ivory finial.
With triple grooves and in heavy silver mountings.
A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
From Tamil Nadu. With clean lines and precise geometry.
A relatively rare variety of an Indian war axe, called tungi.
Made of iron, weighted with two flattened spheres, all with chiseled decoration.
Exhibiting southern style beaded edges with northern style construction and gold.
A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
Of domed shape with upturned rim and indigo cotton lining.
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
A very large example with a strongly reinforced tip and stone handle scales.
Made with a separate parakeet-shaped hook, attached to long tanged spearhead.
South India, made of chiseled iron with bird-bodied yali creatures.
A rare and sought-after type. This one comes in its original silver mounted scabbard.
With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.