Indian Bichwa scorpian dagger with original scabbard 19th century

 Very nice complete Indian 'Bichwa' dagger. Strong recurved steel blade with thickened tip for extra strength. The looped brass hilt to be fitted around the hand, the front with a widened decorated handguard, and a small bud finial to the top. Its original hide covered sheath mouned with a pierced brass finial.  Very attractive piece. By reputation these daggers were used by thieves and brigands, although as an established weapon of the Indian armoury they likely saw much more widespread usage. 19th century. indo persian