Category: antiques

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

Polish winged helmet (zischagge), 17th century…

Polish winged helmet (zischagge), 17th century.

from Czerny’s International Auctions House

British Royal Navy Nock Vollet Gun, late 18th …

British Royal Navy Nock Vollet Gun, late 18th or early 19th century.

from Rock Island Auctions

Factory engraved Winchester Model 1866 lever a…

Factory engraved Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifle

from Rock Island Auctions

Suite of armor crafted by Jakob Topf for Archd…

Suite of armor crafted by Jakob Topf for Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol in 1582.

from The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Four barreled flintlock duckfoot volley pistol…

Four barreled flintlock duckfoot volley pistol, early 19th century.

from Rock Island Auctions

Ceremonial wedding armor worn by Archduke Ferd…

Ceremonial wedding armor worn by Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol, 1582.

from The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

Engraved and gilded breastplate, Northern Ital…

Engraved and gilded breastplate, Northern Italy, 16th century.

from Czerny’s International Auction House