Object Title

Dagger (katar) and scabbard

Dagger (katar) and scabbard



Object Number



Purchased from the Great Exhibtition of 1851. From Central India, allegedly 'Kuttur' (?).

Physical Description

The blade is straight and double edged, with a reinforced point and recessed panels flanking he medial ribs. The hilt is H-shaped with broad sides and a grip formed of double transverse bars swelling to joined crests at the centre. The whole hilt is decorated in gold koftgari; facing to one side, and on the grips, with vine tendrils and leaves around bunches of grapes, and on the other side with scrolling ferns. The guard-like ridge running around the base of the blade has geometric decoration.

The scabbard is of wood covered with red velvet, most of whose nap is worn off. It has a flange at the mouth, and bands of oris tape running around the throat and down the rear. The chape is of steel decorated in gold koftgari with vines at the front and ferns at the rear, en suite with the hilt.


BladeLength226 mm
OverallLength374 mm
ScabbardWeight0.048 kg
KatarWeight0.46 kg

Inscriptions and Marks

None. A fragment of a paper label survives at the front.


Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.280, p. 106.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.420, p. 30.