tulwar sword

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Indian Tulwar, 18th century

A koftgari hilted steel sword (tulwar)
India, 18th Century

The single-edged steel blade of curved form, slightly flaring before tapering to its point, with indistinct makers stamp to one side, the steel hilt pierced and profusely decorated in gold overlay with scrolling vines and floral motifs, the quillons in the form of flowerheads, the top of the pommel moulded and decorated with foliate and circle motifs, the wood scabbard clad in leather with steel mount to end decorated in gold overlay with scrolling vegetal interlace.

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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.