Object Title

Dagger (katar) and scabbard

Dagger (katar) and scabbard



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Purchased from the Great Exhibition, 1851

Physical Description

The blade has an armour piercing tip and a slight riccasso. It is fretted down the middle and carved with gilded foliage and a flower at the top and a long fern frond (?) running down the remainder. The side bars of the hilt curve inwards above and below the double moulded grip, the indentations so formed being filled with carved bud or a fruit. The entire surface of the hilt is gilded and decorated with formal foliage carried by punching with a tiny cup punch. The scabbard is of wood covered with red velvet and fitted with, probably gold, chape and throat, both embossed with flowers and foliage on a punched ground. The throat has a small pierced stud for a ring on its outer face.


Dimensions: The length of the blade is 246 mm, the overall length of the dagger being 415 mm and the length of the scabbard being 276 mm. Weight: The weight of the katar is 0.505 kg, the weight of the scabbard being0.098 kg.

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Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.221, p.103.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.247, p.29.

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 32


Hewitt refers to this weapon as a peshkabz.