Join Date: Mar 2011
These pieces represent the “high end” of collecting for many. There is a great tradition within Nepal, and India of “presentation” of kukri for services rendered, and in the higher echelons, for visiting nobility, dignitaries and Royalty.
Like all kukri quality varies, some “Georgian” era silverwork being the pinnacle, but real decline does not really strike until post WW1.
Some of these pieces can also represent excellent research opportunities, and many pieces carry a presentation dedication on the front locket.
Below are a variety of styles, from Royal presentation, box kothimora, and recent examples.