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Serrated talwar

Serrated edge talwar

With gold koftgari decorated hilt.
Early Indian talwar

Early Mughal talwar

It has a narrow but thick blade with an elegant curve and a raised backedge, all reminiscent of earlier steppe sabers.
Pattern welded talwar logo

Explosion pattern weld talwar

A Marwari talwar with an exceptional pattern welded blade.
Serpentine hilted pesh-kabz

Punjabi serpentine hilted pesh-kabz

From the knife-making center of Bhera in the Punjab, using finely polished serpentine.
Bundi katar

A katar from Bundi

Belonging to a group of royal katar made by Khemau under Maharao Ram Singh.
Indian parrot hilt dagger

Parrot hilt wootz khanjar

With vintage silver mounted scabbard.
Full wootz kard

Full wootz kard

...and some gold.
child-katar-logo

Rajput child katar

With ganga - jamni gold koftgari
Northern Indian katar logo

Northern katar

with laminated blade and chiseled hilt.
Northern katar of Southern style

Katar from Kota, Rajasthan

Indian wootz blade and remains of floral gold overlay.
Indian katar in katar logo

Katar in katar curio item

Made around 1900 in Alwar, Rajasthan, for the tourist market.
Indian percussion blunderbuss

Persian percussion blunderbuss

With very fine twistcore barrel.
Sikh talwar logo

Signed Sikh talwar, dated 1838

Of Punjabi make, inscribed inside the knuckle guard as being presented by Sukhu Singh in 1838.
Mughal arms in Leiden

Review: Wereldmuseum Leiden Mughal arms

A review of the Mughal arms exhibit ad the Wereldmuseum Leiden.
Fine Kutch horse head shamshir

Fine Kutch horse head shamshir

The style typical of Kutch, the execution far above what is normally seen on work from that area.
Jade mounted dagger logo

Indian Jade mounted dagger

Nice and complete with opaque green hilt and scabbard mounts.
Lucknow enamel kard logo

Indian enamel and wootz dagger

With designs of animals, often attributed to Lucknow, north India.
Punjabi Khanda for the court of Ratlam logo

Punjabi khanda for court of Ratlam

The hilt carries an inscription dating it to 1841.
Tarah-i-khara logo

Tarah-i-khāra (तरह इ खर)

Hindu name for a heavy type of heavy bodkin
Indian arrows logo

Group of mounted Indian arrows

Featuring various extremely rare arrows with crescent heads.
 Indian flintlock lance logo

Flintlock lance

A what? Yes exactly. An extremely rare piece, the only example I am aware of in published collections at least.
Sipar fouladi (wootz shield) logo

Large sipar fouladi (wootz shield)

North Indian shield entirely made of wootz, including its bosses.
Kapwah dagger logo

Early Mughal kapwah

An over 400-year-old Mughal court dagger. Once lavishly decorated with gold.
Rajput katar with rubies logo

Rajput katar with rubies and diamonds

Of steel construction with gold overlay. Of a type produced in Rajasthan in the early 1800s.
Garsoee katar

Garsoee katar

An enigmatic type of katar produced in various places in India.
Indian ganga-jamni kard logo

Ganga Jamni decorated kard

Ganga - Jamni refers to the rivers of the Ganges and Jamna. It was used to describe metalwork done in contrasting colors, usually gold and silver, in inlay or overlay work.
Marwar talwar with dated hilt

Marwari talwar with 1857 dated hilt

The hilt is in the typical Marwari Rajput style, made by Ram Namar in 1857 A.D.
William Fraser

William Fraser

A British civil servant who is famous for recruiting Ghurkas and the compilation of the Fraser album.
18th century Indian talwar with Fraser provenance

A Fraser talwar, 18th century

Once belonging to William Fraser (1784-1835), a British civil servant.
Northern wootz katar logo

Northern wootz katar

With different types of decor on either side of the hilt.
North Indian antelope axe

Indian Antelope Axe

An enigmatic type of axe, this one probably from tribal north India.
Sosun pattah with twistcore blade

Sosun pattah with twistcore blade

The hilt with overlay of the finest quality of the period
Indian talwar with 1693 dated blade logo

Talwar with 1693 dated blade

With later, elaborately chiseled hilt of very fine quality.
Sikh chakram

Sikh fighting chakram

A sharp, heavier user. Not the flimsy type usually encountered.
North Indian kirach with Persian wootz export blade

Interesting kirach with dated hilt

Mentioning the son of a Maharajah and a year corresponding to 1887 A.D.
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.
Garo milam dao

Milam

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