Sialkot is a district in Punjab, present-day Pakistan, with a capital by the same name. Among arms and armor enthusiasts it is mostly known as a production center of weapons, primarily under the brief Sikh empire which lasted from 1799-1849 A.D. After their fall, the British instated a "Disarmament Act" after which many former armorers started to make utensils incorporating the gold overlay work they used to do on arms.



Notable items

Bonhams sold an interesting iron box with gold koftgari that was inscribed with a maker in their Islamic and Indian Art Online Sale of 10-18 November 2020. London, New Bond Street, lot 182.

Sialkot box Bonhams

The inscription says:

azandeh-ye baks imam bakhsh mistri sakin-e kotli dil'-e Sialkot

"Maker of the box Imam Bakhsh Mistri, resident of Koltli of the district of Sialkhot"


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The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron, known for their 1000 monkey designs.


A small pointy Bhutanese dagger in a silver scabbard of a style associated with the ruling house.


Fine work and one of the very few enamelled tsuba by this maker.


In the style of a Malay keris panjang.


Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".


With all silver construction, including the blade.