From the P. Holstein collection, published in 1931.
A remarkable example of bladesmithing with a 5 row twist-core pattern that meanders over the blade.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
With an armory stamp dated Hijri 1326, corresponding to about 1908.
This style was worn by nobles and senior officials.
With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
In Punjabi style hilt, with elaborately chiseled blade.
Made by a maker called Noah in 1809 for a certain Mehemmed Ağa Fî. With beautiful golden overlays on blade.
An old warhorse with several repairs.
Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
With gilt copper scabbard and multi-row twist-core blade.
With early pierced iron pommel and a style of scabbard worn in Arunachal Pradesh.
Exhibiting an interesting blend of Chinese and Tibetan features.
Of typical form, but with an all-silver hilt that carries Chinese silver marks.
With elaborately pierced and chased silver scabbard.
With finer forge folded blade than most of its type.
With very good pattern welded blade, complete with scabbard.
With wootz handle with fine pierced pommel dome.
A fine example of a Bhutanese shortsword with "churi chenm" scabbard.
Short but substantial, with its protruding tip it's rather mace-like.
The dpa'dam of Tibet is a long, single edged swor
Referring to the wavy patterns on the midsection of the silver scabbard.
With ce rong or "open ravines" pattern of zig-zag lines in the steel.
An interesting Tibetan shortsword with acute point.
A large Tibetan sword or dpa'dam, representing its classic form.
Its silver scabbard richly decorated in churi chenm style or "wavy pattern".
The sword of the tribes living in and near the Khyber pass.
A fine eastern Tibetan example with silver braided scabbard mounts.