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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A Tipu Sultan sword fitted with a captured English blade, Mysore, late 18th Century comprising a bronze hilt cast in one piece in the form of a tiger head at the forte enriched with engraved bubri and punched details, tiger-head pommel with smaller tiger-heads as quillons and on knuckle-guard formed ensuite with the quillons, the long slender bi-fullered blade stamped on the back edge: ‘O DEAKIN’.

103.2cm. length.

The blade appears to be from a British Pattern 1788 Light Cavalry Sword.

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.