The hilt carries an inscription dating it to 1841.
The style typical of Kutch, the execution far above what is normally seen on work from that area.
A what? Yes exactly. An extremely rare piece, the only example I am aware of in published collections at least.
With an inscription alluding to it having belonged to the son of Tipu Sultan.
The manner of decoration is entirely geometrical, which is very hard to do right.
The hilt is in the typical Marwari Rajput style, made by Ram Namar in 1857 A.D.
Once belonging to William Fraser (1784-1835), a British civil servant.
The hilt with overlay of the finest quality of the period
With later, elaborately chiseled hilt of very fine quality.
The basket hilt is elaborately overlaid with silver in floral designs.
Mentioning the son of a Maharajah and a year corresponding to 1887 A.D.
The enormous blade made of fine, boldly contrasting wootz steel.
A fine and somewhat unusual specimen, with engraved brass mounts and hardwood grip.
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.
With gold plated hilt and pattern welded blade.
Indian gauntlet sword with German blade made in Solingen.
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.
An unusually ornate iteration of the design, intended for Hindu ceremonies.
An early example, late Vijayanagara empire, with a fine wootz spatulate blade.
With a charming brass zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
A set for the beginning collector.
A 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
From Tamil Nadu. With clean lines and precise geometry.
Made of iron, weighted with two flattened spheres, all with chiseled decoration.
With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
In Punjabi style hilt, with elaborately chiseled blade.
Its blade pattern-welded and chiseled with designs of hunters and animals.
With a blade of 17th-century European manufacture, with trader's name on it.
With a very fine Persian blade of "brilliant black" wootz.
Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
A large and heavy example with chiseled decor and silver overlaid base.
With Mamluk style blade decor and inscriptions on both blade and hilt.
With early pierced iron pommel and a style of scabbard worn in Arunachal Pradesh.
An early version of this iconic Indian weapon, with its characteristic swollen tip.
With a recurved blade and elaborate bronze hilt decorated with chakras.
A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
With Persian inspired blade in Hindu basket hilt, both of fine wootz.
The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
An unusual type with a broad leaf-shaped head with deep sunken panels.
With wide, pattern-welded blade.
A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.
A very good example of a sosun pattah, or "lily leaf", of elegant form.