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 practical fighting type, made of a dense wood known as eroa.
Made of palm wood, entirely decorated with plaited work.
With gold plated hilt and pattern welded blade.
Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
A 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
Made with two antelope horns and an iron shield.
With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
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.
With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.
With beautifully shaped blade and fine, elaborately chiseled hilt.
Rarely seen today, a commoner's example with carved, bone hilt.
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
A very fine specimen with VOC blade and ruby-set scabbard.
Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.