An early example, late Vijayanagara empire, with a fine wootz spatulate blade.
An unusually ornate iteration of the design, intended for Hindu ceremonies.
A fine Marwari talwar presented to the Dewan (chief minister) of Bikaner in 1756 A.D.
With wootz blade and wootz Hindu basket hilt
With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
With a lozenge pattern of brass rings.
A very good example of a sosun pattah, or "lily leaf", of elegant form.
With Persian wootz blade, engraved at forte with floral designs.
A serious weapon with a very good blade and heavy plating.
From the collection of Dr. Leo Figiel.
In a style associated with Maharao Raja Ram Singh.
The main disadvantage of early firearms was the long time it took to reload them.
This one is for the connoisseur of blades.
The khanda represents one of the oldest forms of Indian sword
With a shield that reminds of Deccan cuirasses.
Traditionally associated with Vishnu, it was an essential piece of equipment for the Sikh nihang.
With high-contrast wootz blade and fine damascening in two tones of gold.
Its decoration consists of fantastic designs of various animals, mythical and existing.
With a fine wootz blade with a pronounced center ridge.
Of the Malabar coast, South India.
A south Indian spearhead with a thick double-edged, symmetrical leaf-shaped
With wide, pattern-welded blade.
With whimsical tiger and deer decoration.
The style typical for royal katar made under Maharao Ram Singh.
Its blade pattern-welded and chiseled with designs of hunters and animals.
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.
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.
With wootz blade, Marwari style hilt, and its original red velvet scabbard.
With a very fine Persian blade of "brilliant black" wootz.
The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
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.
Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
With wootz blade, and silver overlaid hilt that was finished with fire-gilding.
An unusual type with a broad leaf-shaped head with deep sunken panels.
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.
The best of its kind known to me, with silver overlay and ivory finial.
Made of steel, decorated with fine gold overlay in a pattern of swastikas.
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.
A number of downsized Indian toradar with such lavish inl