Object Title

Chopper (vechevoral, cha katti)

Chopper (vechevoral, cha katti)



Object Number



Found on loan L221.14 to the Horniman Museum (no. 1971.51), Dreadnought Building Store, August 1987.

Physical Description

The blade is sickle shaped, with a concave edge. At the ricasso is a nock at the back of the blade and a small finial at the edge. It is decorated with a narrow band of applied brass along the back, together with a band of scrolling foliage and flowers, and a large rosette, near the hilt. The hilt is made in three sections, two of horn and one of wood. The slightly convex horn section nearest the blade is fitted with three reeded copper bands. At the front is an iron collar. The wooden grip tapers towards the pommel, and has another reeded copper band. The horn pommel section expands into a moulded pommel with a knop. Each of the two latter sections is decorated with two bands of triple incised lines.


Dimensions: The overall length is 621 mm (24.5in), the blade length being 286 mm (11.3in). Weight: The weight of the weapon is 1.3 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Indian, Curg

Bibliographic References

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 38