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Hyderabad saif logo

Silver saif from Hyderabad

Made in Hyderabad, India, for the Arab market.
Ottoman kilic logo

Ottoman silver mounted kilic

A well-preserved example with the gold overlay almost entirely intact.
Ainu tanto logo

Ainu tantō

A tantō blade of Japanese make, in mounts of Ainu manufacture.
Serrated talwar

Serrated edge talwar

With gold koftgari decorated hilt.
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.
Indian parrot hilt dagger

Parrot hilt wootz khanjar

With vintage silver mounted scabbard.
Biaoju

Biāojú (鏢局)

Language: Mandarin Chinese
Source: Pleco dictionary. Old photos.

Full wootz kard

Full wootz kard

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

Rajput child katar

With ganga - jamni gold koftgari
Unusual khukurī with gold grooves

Unusual khukurī with gold grooves

With a very fine Nepalese blade, but kard-like hilt and scabbard.
Fine hanshee khukuri logo

A fine hanshee

Early type with very shallow notch in the blade and little flare in the pommel.
Gold koftgari hilted khukuri

Koftgari hilted khukurī

Impressive piece, with Indian-made iron hilt with gold overlay.
Dui chirra kukri

Good dui chirra khukurī

Simple piece with a beautiful blade profile.
Mutiny era khukuri logo

A fine mid 19th century khukurī

An understated, elegant khukuri of substantial proportions with fine layered blade.
Nepalese quill embroidery

Nepalese quill embroidery

Scabbards of antique Nepalese khora swords and khukurī knives sometimes exhibit a peculiar type of embroidery that uses quill strips from peacock feathers.
Fine Kurdish dagger logo

Ladder wootz Kurdish dagger

This unassuming dagger has one of the finest wootz blades with a tight ladder pattern.
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.
Afghan jamdhar kattari

Jamdhar kátári with scabbard

An archaic form of dagger that survived in Afghanistan.
Indian percussion blunderbuss

Persian percussion blunderbuss

With very fine twistcore barrel.
Wide bladed Sino-Vietnamese knife

Wide Sino-Vietnamese knife

Large bowie-type blade with prominent raised backedge.
Longquan duanjian by Wan Zi Hao

Longquan jiàn by Wan Zi Hao

A Chinese shortsword made by a well-known Longquan maker.
Unusual Taiwanese sword logo

Southern Taiwanese sword

A Taiwanese sword with a long blade of asymmetrical cross-section; the left side is flat and the right side has a ridge on the upper portion of the blade
Vietnamese all metal kiem straightsword

All-metal Vietnamese kiem

A very rare ceremonial variety with copper scabbard inlaid with different alloys, and a brass blade.
Sikh talwar logo

Signed Sikh talwar, dated 1838

Of Punjabi make, inscribed inside the knuckle guard as being presented by Sukhu Singh in 1838.
East Java keris hilt

West Javanese keris hilt

19th century, probably originating from Cirebon.
Fine Dayak mandau logo

Headhunter chief's mandau

A fine Dayak headhunter sword with an exceptionally carved hilt.
Tibetan copper and silver horn

Large Tibetan copper and silver horn

Such work was made in the Royal workshops of Lhasa.
Mongolian trousse with stones logo

Mongolian trousse with stones

A Mongolian trousse with horn hilted knife. The blade is forged with a separate high-carbon edge plate that is shown under a wavy demarcation between mild and hard steel.
Burmese betel knives logo

Pair of Burmese overlaid knives

Very rare set of Burmese knives from Mindan village.
Madurese keris hilt in form of Dutch soldier logo

Pulasir keris hilt

A Madurese keris hilt, carved from dark hardwood in the form of a Dutch cuirassier.
Silver overlaid Chinese hook sword

Silver overlaid Chinese hook sword

Typical Chinese hook sword, with seldom-seen fine silver wire overlay.
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.
Zand painted shield logo

Persian painted shield

Persian steel shield with fine Qajar style painted dome.
Fine Qing matchlock musket

Fine mid Qing matchlock musket

With a golden damascened lock of the Indo-Portuguese type.
Persian set of wootz armor consisting of helmet, shield and armguard

Persian wootz armor set

Consisting of shield, helmet and arm protector.
Vietnamese dha logo

Vietnamese dha in early style

Wih fine embossed silver mounts and an unusual blade with spiked tip.
Old mandau with laminated blade logo

Old mandau with laminated blade

The unusual blade is paired with a unique, probably also very early, hilt.
South Kalimantan parang logo

South Kalimantan parang

Of typical South Borneo workmanship, but formed like a mandau from Kutai.
Very old mandau

Very old mandau with stars

With exceptional, well crafted and heavy blade.
Fine long glat mandau logo

Fine long glat mandau

A testament to why the Long Glat were known as expert blade makers.
Sumatran sword with gold covered hilt

Sumatran sword with gold covered hilt

A fine example, probably meant for Palembang royalty.
Lucknow enamel kard logo

Indian enamel and wootz dagger

With designs of animals, often attributed to Lucknow, north India.
Yasuchika elephant tsuba

Yasuchika elephant tsuba

A 19th-century copy of an important cultural art object.
late-chinese-pierced-guard-logo

Small Chinese saber guard

Of pierced iron, elaborately cut with lotus petal border.
Nanban ship tsuba logo

Iron nanban ship tsuba

Pierced and chiseled showing an 18th century European vessel.
Nyamba hilt with seal logo

Nyamba keris hilt with seal

Rare old keris handle made into a European wax seal.
Unusual Indonesian carved grip logo

Unusual Indonesian carved grip

Made of carved wood with metal inlays for eyes and mouth.
Batak bullet holder logo

Batak bullet holder

Carved of amber-colored horn, with an ancestral face with metal inlays.