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 parcel gilding and ruby eyes, in a fine silver repousse scabbard.
With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
Of the Royal Workshops of the Kingdom of Khandy.
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
A fine Kandyan knife, or ul-pihiya, probably mid 18th century.
With wide, pattern-welded blade.
With whimsical tiger and deer decoration.
The style typical for royal katar made under Maharao Ram Singh.
Made in the Four Workshops of the King of Kandy.
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.
A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
A rare example retaining its original silver covered scabbard.
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.
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.
A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
An unusual type with a broad leaf-shaped head with deep sunken panels.