tulwar sword

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.

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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.

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Serrated Sword Blades - What Were They For? Wallace Collection Example

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).

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Indian Tulwar presented to King Edward VII when Prince of Wales

Description

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.

Provenance

Presented to King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, during his tour of India in 1875-76 by Mahendra Singh, Maharaja of Patiala.