Its hilt overlaid with thick silver, then fire-gilt.
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.
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.
The hilt is in the typical Marwari Rajput style, made by Ram Namar in 1857 A.D.
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.
An enigmatic type of axe, this one probably from tribal north India.
A beautiful black coral hilted example, made in the King's workshops.
Very rare subtype of a Khond tribal axe with double points.
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.
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".