An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".
A very fine specimen with VOC blade and ruby-set scabbard.
With a hidden compartment for a small utility knife.
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
A rare example with pattern welded blade, retaining its original scabbard.
Rarely seen today, a commoner's example with carved, bone hilt.
With wootz blade, and silver overlaid hilt that was finished with fire-gilding.
With elaborately pierced and chiseled hilt.
With beautifully shaped blade and fine, elaborately chiseled hilt.
Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.
With gilt-copper hilt and scabbard done in beautiful Kutch style repousse work.
In Punjabi style hilt, with elaborately chiseled blade.
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
The best of its kind known to me, with silver overlay and ivory finial.
With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
Made with two antelope horns and an iron shield.
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
A late 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
A set for the beginning collector.