Object Title

Dagger (katar) and scabbard

Dagger (katar) and scabbard



Object Number



Presented by the East India Company, 1851.

Physical Description

The blade is short and recurved, with a heavily reinforced point. The H-shaped hilt has four cross grips, and is fitted with a small red loop and tassel. The scabbard is of wood covered with red velvet, the seams covered with gold braid. The chape is small, gilt, and with fretted and chiselled decoration.


BladeLength194 mm
ScabbardLength213 mm
OverallLength397 mm

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.4, p. 93.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.198, p. 29.


Hewitt records the scabbard as being covered with green velvet, and that it had a belt of silver lace.


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