A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
A fine, early example with silver-plated details.
With elaborately pierced and chiseled hilt.
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
With a recurved blade and elaborate bronze hilt decorated with chakras.
With early pierced iron pommel and a style of scabbard worn in Arunachal Pradesh.
Made of a beautiful piece of black zitan hardwood, carved in a spiral, topped with a silver knob.
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
A substantial example, of elegant form, with a complex grooved blade.
This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
A 16th hooded katar with the wide, ribbed blade that is characteristic for this period.
A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.
With chevron patterned blade of alternating types of steel.
With lunette pommel of ivory plates.
With markings attributing it to Jalore.
A very fine, long and slender example with elaborate golden damascening.
An impressively large kasthāné, dating from the 18th century.
A number of downsized Indian toradar with such lavish inl
Made of steel, decorated with fine gold overlay in a pattern of swastikas.
With a hilt that is of typical southern form, with a cupped base and langets.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
The best of its kind known to me, with silver overlay and ivory finial.
With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".
A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
An unusual type with a broad leaf-shaped head with deep sunken panels.
A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.
Indian loop hilted dagger are generally called bichuwa (बिछुवा )
With a blade of 17th-century European manufacture, with trader's name on it.
A north Indian bichuwa dagger with recurved blade and richly decorated hilt.
Iron lockbox with key, decorated with the gold koftgari normally seen on arms.
A nice example of a rare type of weapon from the Sinhalese arsenal.
Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
With wootz blade, and silver overlaid hilt that was finished with fire-gilding.
The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
With wootz blade, Marwari style hilt, and its original red velvet scabbard.
With a very fine Persian blade of "brilliant black" wootz.
A rare example retaining its original silver covered scabbard.
A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
Possibly made in Gujarat and eventually incorporated in the Bikaner armory
The handle covered with gold damascening.
With blackened iron panels with decorative borders carved in relief.
The talwar or talvār (Hindi) is
A very crisp and complete example of its type.
Indian gauntlet sword with German blade made in Solingen.
Its blade pattern-welded and chiseled with designs of hunters and animals.
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
A large and heavy example with chiseled decor and silver overlaid base.
With straight blade and two opposing Yali chiseled out of the forte of the blade.