Decorative shield with crossed swords, featuring actual weapons! The sword on the left is a 19th C. Indian tulwar, the sword on the right is a British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword, and the shield is an Indian dhal, also probably 19th C.
A large Mughal steel-hilted Executioner’s Sword (tegha)
Northern India, late 18th/ early 19th Century
The single-edged curved steel blade becoming slightly wider before tapering to a point, with engraved decoration to the blade at the forte consisting of a repeated zig-zag design and an impressed circular stamp with inscription in nagari, the plain steel tulwar hilt with serrated foliate motifs around the pommel, the wood scabbard clad in leather with steel band and suspension ring at the top. 121 cm long.
Indian Tulwar with Complex Hilt, 18th or 19th Century
The single-edged watered steel blade of curved form, impressed mark near forte, the steel hilt with button quillons, open triangular outer-guard pierced with two gold-damascened ducks at the base and rising to a stylised duck’s head finial, curved tapering knuckle-guard with duck head finial, compressed spherical pommel with bud-shaped finial on a petalled mount, decorated in gold overlay with floral sprays and bands containing flower heads, undulating vines and chevron designs. 95 cm long.
A Poulwar 78cm curved damascus steel blade double-edged towards the point, characteristic steel hilt with downturned quillons, bowl-shaped pommel, in replacement leather covered wood scabbard with steel mounts.
Portrait of a Baloch tribesman 1870, full length standing, he wears a white turban over his long curling hair, a cloth wrapped around his shoulders, knee-length baggy pajamas, he carries a traditional sword talwar and a lacquered round dhal shield decorated with four bosses.
Assorted Edged Weapons. Fourteen examples including two Spanish navajas, a kris (hand grip section missing), 1940 issue Gurkha knife, a tulwar (no scabbard), a Khyber knife (no scabbard), five other Far Eastern weapons two without scabbards, a machete (no scabbard) and two other hand knives; together with a WW I ‘home made’ trench club, many items in relic state, sold as viewed not subject to return (20).
Indian double bladed firangi sword, derived from the Arabic term (al- faranji) for a Western European which used blades manufactured in Western Europe and imported by the Portuguese, or made locally in imitation of European blades, extensive gold kofthari on the khanda type basket hilt.
The two swords at the top right are classic examples of modern tourist market swords made in India. That being said, there is something very satisfying in seeing an assemblage of swords and other edged weapons, even when some of them are, well, junk.
The construction of the Indian sword, S D Metcalf, V&A Conservation Department, 2001. Punjabi names for the blade parts courtesy of Parmjit Singh. Names for parts of the sword hilt after Manik Rao, 1948, and A V B Norman, 1992.
Indian Tulwar presented to King Edward VII when Prince of Wales
A sabre or Talwar; curved falchion Indian blade of Damascus water steel; iron hilt with knuckle-guard and circular pommel gilded and inlaid with diamonds; rubies around edge of pommel. Black velvet covered wooden scabbard embroidered with seed pearls; silver gilt mounts set with diamonds.
Presented to King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, during his tour of India in 1875-76 by Mahendra Singh, Maharaja of Patiala.