Object Title

Dagger (katar)

Dagger (katar)



Object Number



Presented by the Indian government, 1861. From the Indian disarmament of 1859.

Physical Description

The blade is double edged with a heavily reinforced point and a medial ridge within a recessed panel, flanked by sunk panels within which are secondary ribs running diagonally , and with a lotus bud at the base. The hilt is plain and H-shaped, with two faceted cross-grips swelling slightly to their centres.


Dimensions: overall length 490 mm, the length of the blade being 260 mm. Weight: The weight of the dagger is 0.655 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks


Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.228, p. 7.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.771, p. 32.

C.A. Bayly, The Raj, London, 1990, no. 317, p. 238 (ill.).