Original Indian 19th Century Tulwar Heavy Battle Sword with Handguard - Sepoy Rebellion of 1857-59
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 has the characteristic hilt, with the traditional "disc" on the pommel with a short "skull crusher" spike, and cruciform cross guard. Interestingly, this example is fitted with a substantial, only slightly curved blade, showing a "Sun" armorer's marking on one side. It quite broad and heavy, and is in fact slightly "forward" curved, with the cutting edge on the inside of the curve.
The hilt is fitted with a crossguard on the edged side, and was once intricately engraved, and possibly gold inlaid. This has unfortunately now worn away on most of the hilt surface.
This Tulwar dates from around 1800 and no doubt took 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!
Overall length: 35”
Blade length: 29 3/4”
Hand guard: 4” width x 4” length
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