Its hilt overlaid with thick silver, then fire-gilt.
A what? Yes exactly. An extremely rare piece, the only example I am aware of in published collections at least.
All the designs being true inlay, with almost no losses.
With wootz blade and the jade hilt set with small rubies.
Fine Indian kard with gilt copper alloy hilt, decorated with chiseled flowers.
Of a style often associated with Tanjore, the seat of the Vijayanagara empire.
Peculiar shield with catching hook, used by the Santali people of Bengal.
A beautiful black coral hilted example, made in the King's workshops.
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.
Rarely seen today, a commoner's example with carved, bone hilt.
Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".