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.
A 19th century Afghan pulwar, of nice quality and in good condition. This example has a nice bright and clean blade, straight and solid in the hilt, the resin glue being in a good state. Featuring a curved and flared blade, with ricasso matching the length of the hilt langets.
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.
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.
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’.
The blade appears to be from a British Pattern 1788 Light Cavalry Sword.
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.
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).
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.