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18th C. Indian Rajastan Khanda with wootz steel hilt and gold decoration

( ID: ia635 )

From the renowned collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel. This example was purchased from a sale of the individual who purchased this and several other items now available on our site, directly from Dr. Figiel.  Dr. Figiel, the well known author of “On Damascus Steel”, the classic 1992 reference work featuring stunning examples of watered steel, and much of which came up for sale in 1998.  The pieces we feature were purchased and sold before the reference work was published and therefore do not feature in the 1998 Butterfields sale, however each is indicative of the care that Dr. Figiel placed in curating his pieces.

 

A rare antique khanda. This example exemplifies all of the fine features of this rare Indian sword.  The damascus blade is brightly polished while the watered steel hilt remains in very fine condition with all the original thick gold koftgari in fine condition.  A wonderful example.

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