Original Indian 18th Century Tulwar Battle Sword with Guard as used in the Sepoy Rebellion 1857-59

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Original Item: Only One Available. The tulwar (pronounced [t̪əlʋaːr]), also spelled talwaar and talwar, is a type of curved sword or sabre from the Indian Subcontinent, and is found in the modern countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. It is the "traditional" fighting sword of ancient India, with examples going back 400/500 years. The word tulwar itself originates from the Sanskrit word taravāri (Sanskrit: तरवारि ) which means "one-edged sword". The style originated alongside other curved swords such as the Persian shamshir, the Turkish kilij and the Afghan pulwar, all such swords being originally derived from earlier curved swords developed in Turkic Central Asia.

This fine example measures 35" in overall length and is fitted with a very curved blade of 29 1/2" which is really substantially made. The edge is still quite sharp in places, so care should be taken. There is a nice decorative inlaid brass design on the right side of the blade, about 5 inches above the tip of the chappe, which really adds to the piece.

The characteristic hilt has the traditional "disc" on the pommel and this example also has a single branch hand guard, only occasionally found on tulwars. This Tulwar dates from around 1800 and no doubt tool part in the Sepoy Rebellion better known as the INDIAN MUTUNY in 1857- 1859 and has been carefully cleaned and is ready for display.

An unusual and interesting TULWAR battle sword.

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