Original Indian 19th Century Tulwar Wootz Steel Battle Sword with Silver Inlaid Hilt - Circa 1820

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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 wonderful example measures 35 inches overall, and is of very high quality. It dates to the Georgian era, though it appears to have an old 18th century blade that may very well be from the early 1700s. The 30 inch blade is in very good condition, with only light staining, and has a very shallow fuller in the center. The blade is also made of "wootz" style crucible steel, which shows characteristic banding because of the intermixed ferrite and cementite alloys in the steel. The hilt is of the traditional shape, with the characteristic "disc" on the pommel, however it is also covered in lovely Silver leaf decoration of floral motifs. This was clearly the Sword of a person of importance. Silver inlaid tulwars are not often encountered.

In fine condition, probably over 200 years of age, ready to display.
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