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Malabar coast Moplah sword logo

Malabar coast Moplah sword

A fine and somewhat unusual specimen, with engraved brass mounts and hardwood grip.
unusual-indian-single-boss-shield

Early Indian shield

Made of thick lacquered hide, with a single brass boss
Sialkot lockbox

Sialkot (production center)

A town well-known for its arms production, and gold overlay work (koftgari)
Punjab koftgari lockbox logo

Punjabi koftgari lockbox

Iron lockbox with key, decorated with the gold koftgari normally seen on arms.
Moplah logo

Moplah (sword)

Sword of the Mapilla Muslims of the Malabar Coast, South India.
Milam sword of the Garo people of Assam

A milam of the Garo

This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
Garo milam dao

Milam

A peculiar double-edged sword of the Garo people.
Khasi dao

A Khasi dao

These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
Yanthang sword logo

Yanthang

Lotha Naga word for a group of large obsolete dao used in ceremonies.
Noklang logo

Noklang

Ao Naga word for a number of large, archaic swords used in ceremonies.
Khasi dao logo

Khasi dao

A peculiar type of two-handed sword from the Khasi Hills, Assam.
Bikaner lance

Bikaner lance head

With square cross-section point and several Bikaner armory markings.
Sirohi sword logo

Sirōhī (सिरोही)

A town in Rajasthan known for its blade making industry, as well as a type of sword.
Goat hilted Khyber sword logo

Goat hilted Khyber sword

With gold plated hilt and pattern welded blade.
Pata with Solingen blade

Solingen blade with pata hilt

Indian gauntlet sword with German blade made in Solingen.
Chakram logo

Heavy Sikh chakram

Traditionally associated with Vishnu, it was an essential piece of equipment for the Sikh nihang.
Rajput sosun pattah

Rajput sosun pattah

With wootz blade, Marwari style hilt, and its original red velvet scabbard.
Sosun pattah

Sosun Pattah

With Persian wootz blade, engraved at forte with floral designs.
Kutch pattern welded Shamshir made for Benson

Kutch shamshir for Benson

Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
Marwar talwar presented to Mohta Bakhtawar Singh logo

Talwar of Mohta Bakhtawar Singh

A fine Marwari talwar presented to the Dewan (chief minister) of Bikaner in 1756 A.D.
Vijayanagara hooded katar logo

Vijayanagara katar

A 16th hooded katar with the wide, ribbed blade that is characteristic for this period.
16th century pattissa logo

South Indian pattissa

An early example, late Vijayanagara empire, with a fine wootz spatulate blade.
Pattissa

Paṭṭiśaḥ (पट्टिश)

Language: Sanskrit
Origin: Dhanurveda of circa 1100-800 B.C.

Indian spearheads and spear butt logo

Indian spearheads and butt

A set for the beginning collector.
Indian khanda with etched blade

Khanda with etched blade

A 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
Indian dagger

A fine north Indian dagger

Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
Indian madu parrying weapon

Indian madu parrying weapon

Made with two antelope horns and an iron shield.
Made maru logo

Māḍū (माडू) (Márú / Maduvu)

Marathi word for a parrying weapon consisting of two antelope horns.
Jamdhar sehlicaneh

Jamdhar sehlicaneh

A triple-pointed push dagger.
Jamdhar doulicaneh logo

Jamdhar doulicaneh

A double-pointed push dagger.
Tiger stripe talwar

Talwar with wootz hilt and blade

With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
Rajput logo

Rajput

An Indian group of castes. Historically warrior castes.
Talwar hilt logo

Silver overlaid talwar hilt

Never mounted, still with the shop's wooden stopper.
Very fine Khond axe logo

A remarkable Khond axe

The best of its kind known to me, with silver overlay and ivory finial.
South Indian spearhead logo

South Indian spearhead

From Tamil Nadu. With clean lines and precise geometry.
South Indian spear butt logo

South Indian spear butt

Made of iron, weighted with two flattened spheres, all with chiseled decoration.
Northern katar with southern design logo

A northern katar in southern style

Exhibiting southern style beaded edges with northern style construction and gold.
17th century chiseled iron katar logo

South Indian chiseled iron katar

A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
Firangi logo

Firaṅgī (फिरंगी)

Literally "foreigner", Hindi term for a European sword mounted in Indian hilt.
Hindu basket hilt

Hindu basket hilt

A type of Indian closed hilt design.
Stone hilted pesh-kabz logo

Stone-hilted pesh-kabz

A very large example with a strongly reinforced tip and stone handle scales.
North Indian zulfiqar sword logo

Unusual Indian zulfiqar sword

With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
Burmese hilted wakizashi in Indian scabbard logo

Wakizashi in Burmese hilt

An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
Indian shield logo

An unusual ḍhāl

A translucent hide shield with gilt brass ornaments. Probably Nepalese of for a Nepalese client.
Dhal shield logo

Ḍhāl (ढाल)

Hindi word for shield.
Dastana logo

A Punjabi arm guard

Made of steel, decorated with fine gold overlay in a pattern of swastikas.
Koftgari-logo

Koftgarī (کوفت گری)

Persian word for inlay or overlay of precious metal on iron or steel.
North Indian katar with true inlay hilt

A katar with true inlay decoration

Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
Fine wootz talwar

Wootz talwar with pierced scabbard

With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
Talwar with Mamluk style blade decor

Talwar with Mamluk style blade

In Punjabi style hilt, with elaborately chiseled blade.