An 18th or 19th century Indian katar dagger. This is a tidy example with minimal pitting and a nicely formed blade, featuring a raised mid-rib and decorative root, double-bar grip between sprung bars and the point of the blade being reinforced for punching through mail or padded armour. The real highlight of this piece though is the scabbard - the leather appears to be a more recently refit, but the floral decorated silver/white metal mounts are original and of very high quality, being in pretty good shape for the age.
A gem-set gold dagger and scabbard, India, probably Kutch, 19th century
The hilt composed of iron overlaid with gold and set with diamonds, emeralds and foil-backed rubies on one side, worked in repoussé with floral decoration to other side, the curved steel blade with central ridge, gold-overlaid inscription near grip, scabbard tip with en-suite design.