Category: antique

Wootz Katar, Possibly 17th Century

Wootz Katar, Possibly 17th Century

Of robust size and high quality, this venerable Southern Indian katar is perhaps as old as the 1600s. Its blade is held in place by twin elephants, sacred animals, and entirely made of wootz and shows all the beautiful patterns and swirls you’d expect from that mysterious steel.

The hilt has been hand-carved extensively, not just to show floral elements but also zig-zag patterns and hundreds of holes and stars—perforations reminiscent of jali screens.

Despite its centuries of wear this is still a sturdy, historical and aesthetically pleasing piece. It is accompanied by a modern sheath.

British Cutlass or Lead Cutter, Mid-19th Centu…

British Cutlass or Lead Cutter, Mid-19th Century

An unidentified British naval cutlass, or perhaps a lead cutter. This sword has only one marking, a stamp on the ricasso which looks like a number 3. So technically it could be any nationality – however the form of the grip strongly suggests that it is British. The guard is narrower than most later Victorian cutlasses and coupled with the grip style this could indicate a pre-1845 experimental cutlass. However, the blade is unusually long for a cutlass at 31 inches. This may indicate it is a sword for Lead Cutting or other similar sword feats and indeed it has been edged and retains a fine edge, of not being exactly sharp anymore. However, the cutlass is not heavy like a typical Lead Cutter and is relatively light for the size. This is a pleasing sword in the hand and everything is solid. 

Antique Sword Cleaning — Forde Military Antiqu…

Antique Sword Cleaning — Forde Military Antiques: undefined

victoriansword: British Naval Dirk, c.1800 N…

victoriansword:

British Naval Dirk, c.1800

Napoleonic period naval officers dirk, Read, Portsmouth, the ivory handle above the named and engraved scabbard, steel blade.  

collectorsweekly: Everything You Know About C…

collectorsweekly:

Everything You Know About Corsets Is False

1. Thirteen-inch waists are a thing of myths.

2. Corsets did not create misshapen livers or life-threatening diseases.

3. Men did not force women into corsets.

British Pattern 1846 Naval Officer’s Sword Wi…

British Pattern 1846 Naval Officer’s Sword

With etched fullered blade bearing proof mark and signed Wilkinson, London. Having brass hilt with lion mask pommel, fouled anchor and folding guard and with shagreen grip, blade length 74.5 cm.

European Sword Stick, Late 19th Century or Ear…

European Sword Stick, Late 19th Century or Early 20th Century

A sword stick, late 19th/early 20th century, the grip well carved in the form of a dogs head with painted nose and mouth and inset glass eyes, upon a bamboo body with horn ferrule enclosing a cross form blade indistinctly struck “NUTT”. Blade 67.5 cm, 97 cm overall.

Omani Kattara, 19th Century A good 19th centu…

Omani Kattara, 19th Century

A good 19th century Omani sword kattara from Zanzibar. Broad straight DE blade 77 cm cut with a short shallow fuller, leather grip entirely covered with woven silver tape and wire, tall silver pommel, in its leather covered scabbard with decorative string work, fitted with silver chape and twin hanging bands chiselled with flowering foliage en suite (locket missing). Note: See Elgood 1994 pl.2.16 for a similar example; and ibid. p.2 et seq. for a discussion of the history of Omani possessions on the African coast and their significance to Omani arms production.

British Highland Field Officer’s Sword…

British Highland Field Officer’s Sword

victoriansword: Royal Irish Constabulary Offic…

victoriansword:

Royal Irish Constabulary Officer’s Sword

Royal Irish Constabulary Victorian Period Officer’s Sword, the 85 cm bright blade with spear point by J.B.Johnstone, Dawson St., Dublin, the unfullered blade etched with a QVC crowned strap ‘Royal Irish Constabulary’ enclosing the Harp a crowned ‘VR’ cypher and panels of scrolling foliage, the triple bar steel hilt incorporating a crowned stylised Harp, wire bound fish skin grip, black leather sword knot with olivette contained in its plated metal scabbard.