Original Indian 19th Century Tulwar Battle Sword with Worn Gold Inlaid Hilt - Circa 1800

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is the "traditional" fighting sword of ancient India with examples going back 400/500 years. It is known as a TULWAR and this particular example is particularly interesting in that it is shows traces of GOLD inlay on the hilt, particularly on the pommel and grip. The areas where the gold used to be are also discernible.

The characteristic hilt has the tradition "disc" on the pommel and this example also has a single branch finger guard only occasionally found on tulwars. The blade bears what appears to be a maker's mark in that there is a indentation which may once have had a gold Armorer's mark. The blade is in good condition, with some light pitting, and appears to be made of "wootz" style crucible steel, which shows characteristic banding because of the intermixed ferrite and cementite alloys in the steel. The blade is substantial and has a double edge for the last 10 of its 32.5 inch length. Overall length is 38 inches.

This Tulwar dates from around 1800 and originates from our Nepalese Palace purchase of 2003 and has been carefully cleaned and is ready for display. An unusual and interesting TULWAR battle sword.
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