Object Title

Dagger (katar)

Dagger (katar)



Object Number



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

Physical Description

The iron, H-shaped hilt is very large, and the side pieces are chiselled with a chevron pattern within pearled borders. The same pearled edges border the arching base of the hilt where the blade attaches. This curved bar is partially broken. The grip takes the form of two round bars, each with a greater diameter in five places giving the appearance of five cylinders. These raised portions are chiselled with zig-zag markings. The blade is heavy and double edged, with a very solid reinforced point and shallow fullers on either side of the central rib.


BladeLength397 mm
OverallLength758 mm

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addenda to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.226, p. 7.

W. Egerton, An Illustrated Handbook of Indian Arms, London, 1880, no. 507T, p. 116, pl. x.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.769, p. 32.